Parents' Guide to

Batman (1989)

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stylish, violent, and dark superhero adventure.

Movie PG-13 1989 126 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 33 parent 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.
age 9+

tim burtons dark adventure may be scary for young kids

don't get me wrong, this is an adventure for the family, though some kids may not be mature enough for this films dark themes. violence: there is a lot of guns in the first climax with police offices getting shot, and our main villain: jack napier falls into a huge amount of acid, and his face is scarred (may scare young children) then he ends up shooting a man stabbing a man in the neck with a feather pencil, tazers a man till he's a skeleton, a man is shot in the face, a women is shown to be very badly beaten, and ends up jumping out the window (offscreen but may scare children) he's shot at by batman, and at the end climax he falls off a building to his very dark death, the good role models consist of: batman (though very often he uses guns he always does what's right for gotham city) vicki vale (a very nice and non whiny female character) and finaly harvey dent (in this movie he dosen't turn into two face and ultimatly is very helpfull to the comunity) all in all batman is a great family movie only make sure your kids are mature enough for the violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (136 ):

Keaton's casting as the muscular Bruce Wayne remains one of the most wrongheaded decisions in movie history; the talented supporting cast can't overcome the stiff dialogue. And while director Tim Burton is skilled at depicting the whimsical, the demented, even the nightmarish, if this movie is any indication, he has little talent for creating "normal" people or telling a logical story. BATMAN does have its virtues: eye-catching production design and Nicholson's joyfully hammy turn as the Joker. Nicholson holds viewers' attention during the movie's first quarter, before the Batman/Joker conflict kicks in.

Keaton, however, sleepwalks through his performance as the Caped Crusader. Though the armor-covered Batman is nearly always in motion, Bruce Wayne barely puts out any emotional energy. (To his credit, he did improve a bit in the superior -- but darker -- sequel Batman Returns.) Here, it's up to Nicholson to steal the show by quipping, shrieking with laughter, and boogying down to several catchy Prince tunes.

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