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In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the physically deformed criminal genius The Penguin threatens Gotham City--and, helpless, the entire city can only pray that Batman Returns. Only Batman (MichaelKeaton) can defend the city from total chaos as The Penguin (DannyDeVito) lays twisted waste to a great metropolis. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight may have met his equal in the lethally lithe Catwoman (MichellePfeiffer)--only he doesn't know if she is feline friend ... or foe.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what h...
June 22, 2017
Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman Returns is darker and more kill-happy than the previous installment, the 1989 original film. Crooks wearing giant skull-head masks run amok at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. Selena suffers a breakdown, during which she destroys her apartment. The Penguin threatens Schreck by producing his ex-partner's severed hand. Schreck is electrocuted, leaving a charred, pop-eyed corpse. And the movie deals with mature themes, such as death, abandonment of a child, and corruption in big business.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Action
- Release Date:June 19, 1992
- Highest Available for Purchase:4KLearn More