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The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that weren't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action, but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design.--Jeff Shannon
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review by . September 26, 2010
Batman Returns is such a weird movie.  It sort of holds the opposite distinction than the first Batman for me because whereas I was the perfect age for the first film, when this came out in theaters I was 15, sort of jaded and ended up pretty disappointed in the movie.  In fact this is one of the first flicks that I should have loved but didn't which has only gotten worse and worse as I've gotten older.  Tim Burton has provided a lot of firsts for me I guess.      …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
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Too dark for it's own good still has some beautiful sets and interesting characters for Batman to battle. The lighter tone of Schumacher was welcome in my opinion after this one.
Quick Tip by . May 10, 2010
Black as an onyx Batman story that while stylish is off the deep end on the hurt meter with it's characters and subjects.
review by . June 15, 2009
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Tim Burton can say whatever he wants about how he felt that Batman should be a loner and not have so much attention on him, that may be true but if your going to have Batman in the movies title, you better have some Batman.      Tim Burton didn't have any reason to really come back for another Batman.  He said what he wanted with the first one but with a promise of some more money and lots of creative control he came back and got Michael Keaton to come back with him.  …
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
Stylish and very dark follow up to the 89 film. Nicely cast characters, but the brooding and dark touches are black as an onyx.
review by . April 08, 2004
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"Batman Returns" has plenty of atmosphere about it. There's no denying that. However, this sequel pales in comparison to its predecessor. The scenery is dark and moody, but the character of the "Penguin" is just atrocious. How did a rich, greedy, power-hungry villain in the comics become a mutated, flipper-handed freak? Keaton does a fine job as the "Dark Knight," but his performance isn't enough to save this divebomb. Michelle Pfeiffer is good as the "Catwoman," but her squabble with Max Shreck(Christopher …
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