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Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy AwardO winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Nicholson isn't only offering a brilliant bit of self-parody here, he's doing it in service to the character"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Highly recommended even for fans who think Batman begins and ends with Nolan's trilogy."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Michael Keaton makes a credible hero, and Jack Nicholson is downright manic as his nemesis."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton's Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan's genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[Nicholson] has never been more commanding. Not only because he does an outstanding job, but also because so much of the movie's creative energy is devoted to making the Joker one of the most startling movie characters in recent memory."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Even though its standing has diminished in the wake of the countless superhero flicks that emerged in the new millennium, the pros still outweigh the cons."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The conceptual side of the movie--two rather sick two-sided antagonists having it out in a black and sordid context -- lingers."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Nicholson's Joker is a villain worthy of a real superhero and Keaton's Batman gets to perform some cinematic superheroics of the first order."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"As Robin might have said of this semi-boondoggle: "Holy overkill!""
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Only minor Burton, with hindsight on our side, and its chief merits and flaws are as one of the formative texts of superhero cinema."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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