Parents' Guide to

Batman Returns

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.

Movie PG-13 1992 126 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 12+

Good movie but pretty dark

This movie was enjoyable and interesting, but also a little dark .
age 14+

It's Pfeiffer's show

This was one of the biggest films during my high school years. I watched it on cable, over and over and over. I hadn't watched it since the 90s and recently rewatched it. Some parts seem a smidge silly, the penguin army with helmets? The payoff never really comes with that. It's also Pfeiffer's show, and DeVito and everyone else takes up too much time compared to what Pfeiffer has to offer. DeVito doesn't hold back and Keaton is well, doing Keaton stuff and Walken is also Walkening it, but it is Pfeiffer and the production designers that elevate the material and we are all the better for it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (81):

The villains are, once again, more interesting than the hero in this colorful, less brooding sequel to the 1989 hit. This time, director Tim Burton lets his imagination run wild with strikingly whimsical, sometimes quite gruesome images, and the indelibly enticing Selena Kyle, a/k/a Catwoman. Batman Returns has a strong sexual undertone and a large number of fatalities (Batman even kills some of his opponents).

Danny DeVito's over-the-top performance as The Penguin is a nice contrast to Keaton's low-key, wisecracking Bruce Wayne. Though not as catatonic as he was in the first movie, Keaton still proves to be miscast here. The movie's central attraction for both adults and kids is Pfeiffer's Catwoman, who is at once slinky, sensual, and feminist.

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