Batman & Robin

Movie review by
Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
Batman & Robin Movie Poster Image
Same bat-time, same bat-movie.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 77 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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
Language
Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written bytim44 April 9, 2008

worst batman

this movie was horrible. they ruined the batman when they had him where ice skates and when they put nipples on the batman suit. chris o donnell still is robin,... Continue reading
Adult Written bymasterofthemovies July 13, 2010
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2011

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.
Teen, 14 years old Written byThecoyote July 9, 2011

Worst Batman film yet!!!

This film is really dumb!!! It feels like it was made just to sell toys.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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