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3,597 Ratings


Directed by Tim Burton
United States, United Kingdom, 1989
Action, Fantasy


Gotham City’s caped crusader Batman begins his war on crime with his arch-enemy, the maniacal Joker. A clownish criminal who has seized control of the city’s underworld.

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Batman Directed by Tim Burton

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1990 | Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

BAFTA Awards

1990 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1990 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1990 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

What are people saying?

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Batman

    Michael Keaton is a strange Bruce Wayne. He looks confused and he mumbles. His mind is someplace else. That place else: childhood trauma physically manifested in a doppelgänger called...The Batman. All implied without Chris Nolan having Christian Bale shout it! This is Tim Burton's BATMAN. It is the most iconic reinvention by any director, ever. It's cinéma fantastique: mysterious, beautiful, weird. Also, very funny.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Batman

    I'm not the biggest Tim Burton fan but his Batman films were on point. With the feeling of a comic book brought to life mixed with dark humor and the exceptional performance from Jack Nicholson as The Joker, this is a solid Batman film.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Batman

    Burton's series is better than Nolan's. He knew he was making trashy films and played them over-the-top, unserious, and fun. Nolan goes for a straight-face, but what's the point of being serious when you don't tell a proper story? Moreover, Burton had much more heart in his films, they ran at a quicker clip, and didn't try to trick you by distorting the weak drama. Each action scene isn't as bloated in length, too.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Batman

    It's interesting to see this film after the Christopher Nolan reboot, because it's as good, but with a different approach. I just love Gotham City with this gothic weird graphic style, visually more interesting than the post-modern design on Begins and Dark Knight.

  • Seth Farmer's rating of the film Batman

    Perhaps the most visually stunning of all superhero films, although Tim Burton's complete ineptitude at shooting action scenes is on full display. Keaton is the best Batman. Elfman's score is legendary.The scene where the Batmobile drives through the concrete wall is as good as movies get.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Batman

    Probably Burton's single worst film, the one that I have no interest in ever re-visiting. More than made up for by the brilliant BATMAN RETURNS, still far and away the finest Batman film of all.

  • Richard Tines's rating of the film Batman

    Childhood touchstone...Tim Burton at the top of his game, with a blackly campy Joker (in an inspired turn by Nicholson), the perverse/inspired choice of Prince as soundtrack jockey, and just the right balance between funny and creepy...this (and it's sequel) were the high points for the Batworld before Nolan's "realist" reboot of the franchise...

  • James Mackin's rating of the film Batman

    Tim Burton looked at Batman in a really different way than most. He thought of him as a freak, a monster, a typical Tim Burton protagonist. And the studio told him to pull back on that a little bit, and they made a really good Batman film.

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