The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.
Jay Boyar The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.
Variety Staff Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.
Jonathan Rosenbaum The conceptual side of the movie--two rather sick two-sided antagonists having it out in a black and sordid context -- lingers.
Hal Hinson Dark, haunting and poetic
Desson Thomson An exhilarating mix of cartoon lore (though not nearly enough for rabid Batpurists), screen presence (this is pretty much the Jack and Mike Show), psychological murkiness (though it could have used even more) and demented Gothic goofiness.