Batman & Robin

Movie review by
Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
Batman & Robin Movie Poster Image
Weak superhero movie has lots of innuendo, some violence.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 91 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Hand-to-hand combat, gunshots, choking, fights with hockey sticks. Motorcycle racing that nearly leads to a fatality. 

Sex

Practically everything out of Poison Ivy's mouth is sexual innuendo or double entendre. As Alicia Silverstone's character becomes Batgirl for the first time, there are gratuitous close-ups of her breasts and buttocks in the skintight superhero costume. 

Language

While direct mild profanity is infrequently used ("hell," "damn"), the movie is a constant barrage of sexual innuendo and puns of profanity. Mr. Freeze says, "Let's kick some ice," for instance; Batman, in an argument with Robin, calls him by his real name, "Dick," while emphasizing the word so that it means something more than his name. 

Consumerism

Well-known comic book characters also seen in toy merchandise, on clothing, etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne drinking at a gala event. Scene showing the classic urban trope of transients standing around a flaming metal barrel while passing around a bagged bottle of booze. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman & Robin is a 1997 action movie in which George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell play campier versions of "The Dynamic Duo" than portrayals more commonly seen in recent decades. Practically everything out of Poison Ivy's (Uma Thurman) mouth is either sexual innuendo or double entendre. After Batgirl puts on her costume for the first time, the camera zooms in on her buttocks and breasts in the skintight outfit. Direct mild profanity is used infrequently, but bad puns like Mr. Freeze saying "Let's kick some ice!" are in abundance, and in one scene, Batman, in a heated argument with Robin, emphasizes Robin's real first name, "Dick," in a way that clearly means more than someone's first name. Action movie violence occurs throughout: machine guns and handguns, punches, kicks, choking. An illegal motorcycle street race nearly results in a fatality. There's some drinking and cigar smoking. This is not one of the most loved movies of the Batman franchise; families can use this one as a springboard to discuss what makes a movie "good," and even why there are disagreements between viewers as to a movie's overall quality and entertainment value. 

Wondering if Batman & Robin is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byflunky December 25, 2015

The best Batman-film of the 1990's

If Leslie H. Martinson's Batman-film has been criticized as too goofy and Tim Burton's Batman-films as too dark, then this film by Joel Schumacher has... 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.
Kid, 11 years old February 18, 2015

WHY THE HECK DOES EVERYONE HATE THIS MOVIE

Almost everyone hates this movie and it was even on the " worst movies ever list" on wikepedia! I personally like it and think they did a great job! W... Continue reading

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. Batman & Robin'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 BATMAN & ROBIN? If not, would it have made this movie better, or worse? Why do you think people enjoy films based on comic book characters?

  • Did the sexual innuendo add to the overall entertainment value of the story, or did it seem forced and overdone? 

  • This movie has been almost universally panned. What are some of the qualities that would make a movie "bad"? What are some movies you like that other family members or friends don't? Do you have any "guilty pleasure" movies? 

Movie details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love superheroes

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate