Batman & Robin

  • Review Date: August 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Same bat-time, same bat-movie.
  • Review Date: August 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Barbara Wilson sneaks a look at Uncle Alfred's CD-Rom containing the secrets of the Batcave; at the movie's end, it becomes obvious that Barbara will stop attending school to live in Wayne Manor and function as Batgirl.

Violence

Hand-to-hand combat, bullets, and explosions.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film has some frightening scenes: It deals with the illness of an elder in the family, harassment, and depicts, in the final scene, Batman and two scientists plummeting thousands of miles when a telescope is torn out of the Gotham Observatory.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The caped crusaders battle not one but two supervillains in director Joel Schumacher's second Batman film. When an experiment gone wrong transforms Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) into the evil Mr. Freeze, it's up to Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) to stop him from turning Gotham City into an arctic wasteland. Meanwhile, another scientific endeavor goes awry, changing timid horticulturalist Pamela (Uma Thurman) into vicious Poison Ivy. The dynamic duo must also stop her from wiping out humankind in her quest to create a vegetation-only planet. Batman and Robin get some help when butler Alfred's niece (Alicia Silverstone) comes to visit and becomes the crime-fighting Batgirl.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This by-the-numbers Bat-sequel is an outright rip-off of the preceding entries in the series. The introduction of Batgirl and Alfred's first step to center stage can't compensate for the uninteresting supervillains. The movie draws its depiction of Poison Ivy straight from the Catwoman section of Batman Returns, and takes its hastily forged supervillains from both Batman Returns and Batman Forever. The movie's recurrent refrain of a villain invading a high-society gala is also from Batman Forever.

Unlike its three predecessors, which wound up making the villains more fascinating than Batman, Batman & Robin succeeds in making both the villains and the heroes equally uninteresting. The villains spout nothing but pun-filled taglines, and good guys mostly spew tedious platitudes about teamwork. Even younger viewers will notice the overly simple plot, especially if they've seen the far-better-scripted animated adventures Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero or The Adventures of Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good superhero film. In other films, Batman has a darker side. Did that come across in this film? If not, would it have made this movie better, or worse? Why do you think people enjoy films based on comic book characters?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 12, 1997
DVD release date:October 21, 1997
Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman
Director:Joel Schumacher
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:strong stylized action and some innuendos.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheFMan July 29, 2014
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17
QUALITY
 

Worst Movie of All Time!

It is just so dumb. Mr. Freeze said too many puns, George Cloony was a really bad Batman, Robin was unlikeable, Batgirl wasn't needed, it was never clear why Poison Ivy was evil, and Bane was retarded! And what the things that made me give up hope for this movie were the bat credit-card, and the bat-nipples. TheFMan out!
Teen, 14 years old Written byThecoyote July 9, 2011
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Worst Batman film yet!!!

This film is really dumb!!! It feels like it was made just to sell toys.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

Skip it at all costs

I hate this stupid film. Even if you get past the corny villains you won't get past Robin and Batgirl. The worst Batman movie ever.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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