Batman & Robin

1997 "Strength. Courage. Honor. And loyalty."
3.7| 2h5m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 20 June 1997 Released
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Along with crime-fighting partner Robin and new recruit Batgirl, Batman battles the dual threat of frosty genius Mr. Freeze, and homicidal horticulturalist Poison Ivy. Freeze plans to put Gotham City on ice, while Ivy tries to drive a wedge between the dynamic duo.

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Joel Schumacher

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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Batman & Robin Audience Reviews

Stevecorp Don't listen to the negative reviews
Reptileenbu Did you people see the same film I saw?
Crwthod A lot more amusing than I thought it would be.
Rosie Searle It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
alessandrogherardi I really don't get all the hate that this movie gets. You'd have to be mentally deficient to not understand that all the stuff you criticize it for is done on purpose. This movie is an obvious tribute to the old comic-books stories and to Adam West's Batman. Like the tv-series featuring Adam West, what makes it so fun is the fact that you never truly get if it is intentional comedy or not while you watch it. I mean, like I said you do get it if you have a functioning brain, but it's the kind of comedy that works because they don't throw a bunch of lame jokes at you (*coff-coff suicide squad coff coff*) but they keep it really subtle and you actually have to use your brain a little bit to really get all the absurd and nonsensical stuff that happens and laugh. I also loved the settings, the colour palette, the over-the-top villains and the pacing of the movie. So if you don't have a sense of humour and like to watch hearthless, soul-less movies that feature a bunch of people talking in colourless settings and 3 minutes of actual superheroes doing stuff, go watch suicide squad, the amazing spiderman or batman v superman. If not, enjoy this masterpiece.
barbossapirate Many people would beat down those who would give Batman and Robin a 7 out of 10 stars. However, the latter proves to be worthy of an average score in this viewer's opinion. In this day and age, it is difficult to find critics who have room in their hearts for goofy movie fun, that is if the film has some form of redeeming factor. There is no denying that Batman and Robin is technically one of the worst movies ever made. From it's ice/plant puns, innuendos, bat suit nipples and buttocks, constant grappling hook saves and George Clooney playing George Clooney dressed as Batman, it is something that feels like an attempted advertisement to sell action figures. The bright and colorful aspect of the film gives it that appearance. Though if people look at it through a more positive perspective, they'll find the film accomplished setting out what it wanted to be from the start. Now that is not to be confused as giving Joel Schumacher credit for putting together this film, turning it from Batman to Power Rangers. The cast really can't be blamed entirely for the film's failing results. They were directed to acting the way they did after all and some of the performances were acceptable while others, one cannot say the same thing. Michael Keaton played the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the original 1989 film and Batman Returns decently until he was replaced by Val Kilmer for 1995's Batman Forever. Kilmer wasn't the most amazing Batman by any means, but he made an effort to as best he could since that film was about as campy as this one. As already mentioned, George Clooney was playing George Clooney through the whole film. Never once could an audience viewer who is a Batman fan could look at him and say "This is the Batman of my imagination!" Clooney goes around without showing even the slightest bit of emotion, the kind that the character of Bruce Wayne is supposed to be feeling constantly, especially when he is Batman. He spends most of the time looking after Robin making sure he doesn't get into trouble and while that's good, even then he does not demonstrate fear for his friend/brother. To add on to that, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze is the king of camp and ice jokes in the film. Mr. Freeze was never the Joker. He's not very complicated as a character to figure out. He was always a dark, vengeful and hateful man who wants nothing more than to revive his wife from her terminal disease at any cost. Not only does Arnold succeed at being himself as usual, but it's as if he intended to play a Joker/Two-Face knock off of Jack Nicholson and Tommy Lee Jones' performances. Additionally, Batgirl's presence in the film wasn't great either. Her character felt out of place from the start being introduced as the niece of Alfred, Wayne's butler. Her transformation into Batgilrl didn't feel legitimate as it did random and unconvincing. On the other hand, Chris O'Donnell's performance was possibly the only performance in the film that felt legit. All throughout, Robin's motivations for doing the things that he does rebelling against Batman are believable. He clearly outshines Clooney's Batman whenever the duo are on screen together. In addition to Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, as campy as she was, did surprisingly well with her role. She was a perfect choice to portray the villain Poison Ivy in this viewer's opinion, even looking great for the part. It is unfortunate that her performance was hindered as a result of being casted for the wrong film. Had she starred in a Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan, she could have excelled. The actor who played Alfred (may he rest in peace) provided the film some heart to heart moments with George Clooney's Bruce Wayne, which were some of the film's best. In conclusion, that is the cast. If we all can just take the film for what it is, as basically a cartoon in live-action, we can find it isn't as bad as the critics say it is. Check out the following youtube address for more insight on what makes the film great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXHskZCqhiI. It is clear that the film was not meant to be Christopher Nolan's the Dark Knight trilogy. Had Tim Burton, who directed the first two Batman films with Michael Keaton, directed this film, it may have turned out differently. For what it is, it is entertaining. It's one of those cases where it is so bad it's good or so good it's bad. The point being that the film doesn't fail at being the action comedy it is. While it may be a matter of persona opinion, the film contains great humor. Mr. Freeze provides humor related to ice. The character of Bane, while butchered as a villain character, gives a few laughs as Poison Ivy's oafish muscle incapable of speech. The action in the film serves as continuation for the film's camp factor, at the same time quite well done. Beneath the film's campiness is a good message about family and trusting one another, something not many would appreciate but deserves to be recognized. Finally, just because the critics say it's atrocious doesn't make it true. For Batman and Robin, this viewer does not agree that it is the worst thing to ever happen in film. Maybe for Batman but people tend to take movies way out of hand forgetting it's all fiction and not reality. Batman Forever felt like more of a fail than this film for the way it handled it's two villains who turned out obnoxious. The villains felt amusing for this film but people can always agree to disagree on anything. Credit where credit's due for the film creating inspiration to take the superhero movie genre to a whole better level that has continued to progress today.
Ian (Flash Review)Everyone, absolutely everyone involved with this should hang their head in shame. Slight exception for Uma Thurman. Although under normal circumstances she may have overacted a bit, at least she appeared to be trying. Arnold was miscast as Dr. Freeze and his approach was to just be John Matrix from Commando. His dialog was pretty much all one-liners. Yes, this is Arnold but it was a bit much for a movie where he isn't just a one-man-show; his bread and butter. It wasn't just Arnold, the whole script could have been written better by a drunk college kid 'minoring' in English. I cracked grimaces rather than a smiles from the comedy. For how massive a budget this had, I was stunned by how unconvincing the special effects were and how terrible, brash and immature the lighting was. The story had as much tension as a soggy noodle which was about Mr. Freeze attempting to freeze Gotham until he stole enough money to fund a cure for his disease-stricken wife. And Poison Ivy, a plant-loving villain who throws wrenches into Batman and Robin's plans and partnership while teaming up with Mr. Freeze (of course) for reasons that escape me. Throw in a whinny Robin, Batgirl as an afterthought, costumes with unnecessary nipples, bad directing, high school quality sets, muddled story, effects on par with 1980's Superman (15+ years later) and that is how you lose truckloads of cash in Hollywood.
cyrillgasser This movie was one of the worst movies I have ever seen was everyone in it horrible I would say no. But to be honest the only person I like in this film maybe a little bit was George Clooney but all and all this movie is horrible I only like George Clooney but this movie was so awful.