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 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
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
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
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