Batman: The Killing Joke

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Intense, extremely violent, and sexual superhero tale.

R 2016 76 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 37 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Not bad

This movie was pretty cool, and it brought up an interesting concept. So many people thought this movie was so bad, but I liked it. The concept the Joker brings up is that it only takes one bad day to drive one into madness, since that it exactly what happened to him. The only thing I don’t like is that Batgirl and the Joker don’t appear at the same time. When Batgirl goes away for the last time in the movie, the Joker appears soon after. There is a good 30 minutes in the movie before the Joker appears for the first time. Besides that, I really liked this animated installment to the DC Universe. The things to watch out for are comical action violence and some edgy sex, but not too bad. I think 17+ is an exaggeration for an age recommendation. I think this is nothing a 15-year-old can’t handle, and I think this could be rated PG-13. I wouldn’t call this one of the really bad R rated movies. There is hardly any language and drinking, drugs & smoking, and it is not as inappropriate as the review says it is, especially for an animated film.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 17+

DISGUSTING, Bob Kane would be disappointed.

I read the comic book a couple of years back, and i was excited because I am a huge Batman fan. But as I flipped through the pages my eyes darting from one page to the next I..I..I stopped reading it. It was just to disgusting and in my opinion was overkill. OK. OK. I agree Batman should have Violence and sex and gore, but in certain boundaries and moderation's. It was no surprise to me the film was R even though it was animated because no human should be exposed to this in a Batman comic! Yes, Horror films should have lots of violence and profanity. Yes, Romantic films should have lots of sex and nudity. But when it comes to Batman films don't ruin it with a overdose of just ughh. There was also a bad interpretation of the Batman and the Joker and Batgirl. When I watched film wondering if they would change anything, but of course NO. Don't waste your time watching this and instead watch Batman :The Dark Knight or something like that.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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