Batman (1989)

Movie review by Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Stylish, violent, and dark superhero adventure.

PG-13 1989 126 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 137 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Good movie for budding action-flick fans

I am very cautious about exposing young men to sexual content. That being said, I believe the Common Sense Media rating for sexual content on this movie is too high (currently rated at 3 stars in July 2020). There's one scene with an artistic picture of a scantily clad woman, but it's more cartoon than reality. In Batman (1989), the scene where they are in bed (about 38 min into the movie) doesn't show any physicality. In rewatching this as an adult, I almost thought that Vicki Vale passed out from drinking too much and that nothing happened... Younger children won't get the implication at all. Older children will understand that there was heavy drinking, they see a brief kiss on the stairs, and next thing you know Vicki's falling asleep in a bed with Bruce Wayne holding her. Not bad for an otherwise fun movie. As mentioned, lots of violence. Quite a bit of language. The violence is almost cartoonish, but there's some blood here and there. Fairly dark themes throughout, but they aren't explored deeply. Mostly just an action flick with some iconic characters, worth watching for kids who need to see the old to appreciate the new.
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age 7+

Good for the Family

It was a good movie for kids and enjoyable for adults to.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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