The actor's voices may suit animated television characters, but on a large screen Kevin Conroy's Batman, Mark Hamill's Joker, and Dana Delany's Andrea sound flat and one-dimensional.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Closer to radio drama than kiddie fare, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the strangest PG film of the year.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
While the script and pedigree of actors are commendable, the craft level is too close to the small-screen offering to get audiences into theaters.
Leonard Klady - Variety
Among the boldest and most ambitious stories ever attempted in its franchise, and it is as acute, and compelling, and satisfyingly Batmanny as any of the Batman features, if not moreso.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Quintessential Batman and a quality cartoon.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
managed to soar above the theatrical Batman adaptation, and would remain the best Bat Movie to hit the big screens until Batman Begins shook things up in 2005
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
One of the best movie versions of Batman ever
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
This absorbing adventure should resonate with those who take the notion of heroism seriously -- especially adolescent boys.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Respects the character...and winningly combines personal drama and clever themes with intrigue and action to tell a story in keeping with Batman's classic comic adventures.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Excellent, highly stylized animation.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Really good animated movie. Full of action, excitement and character.
Fred Topel - About.com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The best, most true-to-the-character adaptation of Batman for the big screen. Simply put: animation succeeded everywhere Burton and Schumacher failed.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
They should've released this to theatres instead of "Batman and Robin"
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Animated or not, this is the best Batman movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
What the live action Batman films should be and could be if the Warner Brother execs could pull their heads out long enough to realize it. Frankly, the live action Bat-films are embarassing compared to this and the other animated films.
KJB - IGN Movies
Infinitely more entertaining than the last two live-action Batventures.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Sadly, it seems more care was taken with the jazzy ad campaign than with the movie itself.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It has style to spare. And for any kid at heart whose breath catches at the sight of a caped figure swooping across the sky, it has moments when your lungs will be stopped by a Dark Knight to dream on.
Robert Faires - Austin Chronicle
Closer to the original comics than anything Joel Schumacher or even Tim Burton can throw at us.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page