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Batman (1989)



Critic Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.

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Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy AwardO winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

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Michael Keaton
as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Batman
Jack Nicholson
as Joker, The Joker/Jack Napier
Kim Basinger
as Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl
as Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams
as Harvey Dent
Jack Palance
as Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall
as Alicia, Alicia Hunt
Tracey Walter
as Bob the Goon
John Sterland
as Accountant
Edwin Craig
as Rotelli
John Dair
as Ricorso
Joel Cutrara
as Crimelord 2
Vincent Wong
as Crimelord 1
Kate Harper
as Anchorwoman
Bruce McGuire
as Anchorman
Lachelle Carl
as TV Technician
Del Baker
as Napier Hood
Jazzer Jeyes
as Napier Hood
Wayne Michaels
as Napier Hood
Keith Edwards
as Reporter
Leon Herbert
as Reporter
Amir M. Korangy
as Wine Steward
Michael Balfour
as Scientist
David Baxt
as Dr. Wayne
Elliott Stein
as Man in Crowd
Dennis Lili
as Bob the Cartoonist
Paul Birchard
as Another Reporter
Richard Durden
as TV Director
Philip O'Brien
as Maitre d'
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Critic Reviews for Batman

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (17)

Batman, the movie event of the summer, is a psycho thriller posing as an action-adventure movie, a breathtaking ride through a fun-house populated with all-too-believable ghouls, phantoms and tortured souls.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Directed by Tim Burton, the movie has a brooding noir feel.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.

July 6, 2015 | Full Review…

It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.

April 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.

April 10, 2013

The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.

April 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Batman

There's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as Keaton's and Nicholson's performances but overall this film did age a lot worse than some that are up to ten years older. That's partially due to sub par special effects but also a pretty odd timing, which makes for quite a few lengths. You still gotta appreciate the film for starting the wave of comic book movies that are on such a high currently, but this film does not exactly look well under some scrutiny.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The creative vision of the Dark Knight is presented in only a way Tim Burton could do it. Batman is a charming and stylized portrayal of the DC-Comic hero. From the layout of the entire city of Gotham to the casts dynamic stamp (Keaton, Nicholson, Basinger) the Caped Crusader emerges victoriously and notoriously. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


again its not one of the best superhero movies ive ever seen but its still pretty good for any fan of the comics and or Tim Burton

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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