By now, Jim Carrey is doing sarcastic takes on his own sarcasm, and there's something funny and a little scary in that.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The film recovers from that initial confusion to get stronger as it goes along, and to shape up as a free-form playground for its various masquerading stars.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Bigger, battier and better.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Carrey lights up an otherwise over-scripted, over-frenetic potboiler.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It's great bubble gum for the eyes.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Joel Schumacher submits to the Wagnerian bombast with an overly busy surface, and the script by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman basically runs through the formula as if it's a checklist.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
As for Kilmer, he gamely steps into the dual Batman/Wayne role but can't get much traction, finding, as Michael Keaton had, that beyond a stern jaw there's not much to be done with it, since the suit does most of the work.
Brian Lowry - Variety
The highs? Jim Carrey's Riddler, hands down.
Gillian Gaar - Film.com
Minds in neutral, zoning out on the eye candy.
Sean Means - Film.com
Kilmer's good, not surprisingly, but he doesn't get to do a lot.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Batman Forever is in and out but wins in the end by staying true to its unbridled comic spirit.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This loud and boisterous comic book confidential is serviceable enough to satisfy.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
As for Two-Face, my favorite Batman baddie on the printed page, Tommy Lee Jones makes a complete mockery of the character with a broad performance that's difficult to stomach.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The gulf between the dark universe Burton's film set up and the tremendously silly camp world that [Batman Forever was] hunting for was too great to hybridise the two.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Batman is transformed in to Flesh Gordon with a phallic bat mobile, Bat nipples and sexual chemistry with his young ward...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A flashy movie that's more like a video game.
Ed Grant - Common Sense Media
Under Joel Schumacher's helm, this third chapter is disappointing--despite a new Batman (the vain Val Kilmer), new femme, new villains and characters, new costumes and even new Batmobile.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Die-hard Batman fans will be even more disappointed with this than they were with Burton's version.
Dean Essner - Film4
Hasn't aged very well.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
This is a film not designed to be the best piece of pop art it can possibly be, but calculated to draw the widest possible demographics in order to please WB's merchandising partners.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Batman Forever is louder and gaudier than Burton's films, so be prepared.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Boring and near-unwatchable; its title sums it up with cruel accuracy.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
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Rory L. Aronsky - Screen It!
Mildly diverting, brainless fun that feels like a long trailer for a better film.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence.
Dean Essner - Time Out
The film ultimately lacks genuine suspense, and Schumacher unwisely moves the film back towards the camp of the 1960s television series.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Takes two giant steps backward.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Kilmer's appeal in the role may be partially due to the fact that his actual public persona resembles Bruce Wayne more closely than that of any other Bat-thespian.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
The fatuousness of that title sums up Schumacher's approach. The director allows his few scrupulous choices to be overwhelmed by garish vaudeville.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Leo Goldsmith - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Pluses: Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey as Two-Face and the Riddler, respectively; and the stunning production design.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Otherwise known as, 'when Schumacher goes and wrecks a good thing.'
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
It'll pass the time, but it won't fire your imagination.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Schumaker proves that someone CAN make a Batman movie even worse than Burton. Val Kilmer's portrayal of the Dark Knight is stilted and lifeless.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
The best Batman ever. James Carrey IS the Riddler.
Kevin Fiddler - Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
Josh Ralske - All Movie Guide
This would only appeal to die-hard fans of Batman. Then again, it might make die-hard fans cry.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
The script is pretty lame.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
More campy than Burton's Batman, but still good.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Where is Tim Burton when you need him?
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Not as dark as its predecessor but still a great visual feast
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
The best to date.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Weak plot, complete lack of character development and at least some actors who didn't look particularly interested in their roles.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The plot has enough holes to drive the Batmobile, the Batplane, and the Batboat through.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
No surprises, no mysteries, no moments out of time that fill us with awe or wonder. The best that can be said is that the movie does what it sets out to do very well.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
I was bored from the beginning.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
What a mess!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A grand- scale effort that's more awe-inspiring than completely successful as entertainment.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
You can tell that a series is transforming to a product when the original creative people start having less and less to do with the new chapters.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The motion picture equivalent of a Twinkie, this is simple, high-cholesterol entertainment that doesn't pretend to be anything else.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Batman forever... and ever... and -- yawn -- ever.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Jim Carrey plays the Riddler and once he shows up, all the other actors might just as well go home.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
A thoroughly fun movie to sit through, but paper thin in substance.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
A big Batbore
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies