Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Because the film's predominant motif is that of wounded individuals re-inventing themselves as wily villains, its most memorable episodes are early ones explaining each main character's transformation.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
It's the kind of film which has great stills but never quite comes alive when it actually moves -- likely to win at the box-office quicker than it does in the mind.
Derek Malcolm - Guardian [UK]
Like a hyperactive 11-year-old, the director seems both uncomfortable with adult emotions and unable to focus on the overall portrait.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Comes closer than ever to Bob Kane's dark, original strip, which began in 1939.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
As in the first movie, Burton gives the material a luxurious masked-ball quality and a sly contemporary wit without violating the myth's low, cheesy comic-book origins.
Terrence Rafferty - New Yorker
Odd and sad, but not exhilarating.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This time the richness of the Batman movie is not in its production design but rather in Burton's and screenwriter Daniel Waters' Freudian view of adult human behavior.
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune
More of the same, but nowhere near as good (funny, disturbing, obsessive) as the uneven original, revealing arrested development on every level.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
Where Burton's ideas end and those of his collaborators begin is impossible to know, but result is a seamless, utterly consistent universe full of nasty notions about societal deterioration, greed and other base impulses.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Burton and company return to the prickly humor that gave such a jolt to the earlier film -- frequently finding it in unexpected places.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Burton, once an animator at Disney, understands that to go deeper, you must fly higher, to liberation from plot into poetry. Here he's done it. This Batman soars.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Burton uses the summer's most explosively entertaining movie to lead us back into the liberating darkness of dreams.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Batman Returns is as bitter as it is biting. Ingenious though it is, it makes you squirm as often as it makes you laugh.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Batman has begun to exhibit more of the qualities Burton finds so interesting.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's not really a movie. It's a painting and Burton is a painter, a Hieronymus Bosch for our time. The thing seems to come straight from his subconscious and unspool in dream-logic.
Stephen Hunter - Baltimore Sun
DeVito and Pfeiffer make formidable foes and formidable fun.
Candice Russell - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Retains the original's dark currents while adding some colorful new characters.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Kind of a lousy Batman film, and also kind of a great Burton film.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A step up from "Batman" but not by much, unfortunately...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Batman was no longer torn from the pages of a funny book, but peeled off the bottom of a pair of Dr. Martens.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
Ed Grant - Common Sense Media
Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy.
David Ansen - Newsweek
It's a triumph of style over substance, a romantic tragedy both as a story and as a movie.
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
O design de producao e inspirado e Keaton busca conferir peso dramatico ao heroi, mas o roteiro e pedestre e Pinguim jamais se torna um vilao interessante. Por outro lado, a sensualidade de Pfeiffer quase redime o filme. Quase.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Bigger, better and more sophisticated than the first outing.
Dean Essner - Film4
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The fights and chases are incoherent and over-the-top, with the result being confusion rather than suspense.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This is less of a sequel than reworking of the first film's themes, with greater attention paid to the villains (all colorful and more intriguing than the hero) and more visually inventive set pieces, albeit contained in a less coherent work.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Bigger, louder, more relentlessly action-packed than its predecessor, Batman Returns batters its audience into submission.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
A bizarre mixture of poetic brilliance and clumsy ineptitude.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
About the only thing it had going for it was Pfeiffer in a catsuit, stiletto heels, with a whip. Wowsers.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
While the film offers plenty of exhilarating action and features one of the best acting trios of the decade, it still falls short of what moviegoers have come to expect from one of the biggest comic book icons of our time.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The movie in which Tim Burton mostly fixes what he got wrong ... Unfortunately, he also screws up the stuff he got right.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Burton['s] staging is expert, and his character conceptions are distinctive and gratifying.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Atmospheric and utterly barmy.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
the last good batman movie thanks to MP
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A fast, funny, exciting assault on the senses that outshines the overrated original.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
This dark, brooding film, directed by Tim Burton, is no ordinary movie.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Once again, Tim Burton ruins the Batman series with overly-campy crap. Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman is the only saving grace.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The best of the Batman movies, not that means much.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The best of the Batman films. Burton is in control here
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Absolutely the best of the "Batman" flicks, which is to say that it's just a little bit better than Burton's original and light years better than the wretched Parts 3 and 4.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Darker, and better than its predecessor
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Burton continues to capture the essence of the Batman legend and more importantly his audiences imagination.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Most of what we see is simply entertaining as hell, even if it falls short of brilliant.
Kathleen Maher - Austin Chronicle
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Darker, more brooding and weirder than the first Batman. It's also funnier and layered with more texture.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
There is a surprising richness of themes in this film.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The last great Batman.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Of all the Batman pictures, this is the most striking, atmospheric and effective.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Michelle is just amazing. Every move is unpredictable, every line is said perfectly and she makes her character so seductive, she could make Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy look like Mr. Freeze.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews