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It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before.
Schumacher's method is to use a lighter touch, to stay closer to the cartoon that Bob Kane created for DC Comics in 1939 and to temper Burton's nightmare world with an accessible, brightly colored TV palette.
San Francisco Chronicle
It's an art-direction, Dolby-sound, special-effects extravaganza, a grand-scale effort that's more awe-inspiring than completely successful as entertainment.
If the first two "Batman" movies (1989/1992) were the storm, then Batman Forever (1995) is the rainbow at the end of it. After seeing so much dark and doom, it’s also refreshing to see some beaming color.
There is no rhythm to the movie, no ebb and flow; it's all flat-out spectacle.
Carrey lights up an otherwise over-scripted, over-frenetic potboiler.
Sometimes thrilling, but rarely inspired, it is thoroughly-almost perfectly-adequate.
The New York Times
As for the actual movie, it's the empty-calorie equivalent of a Happy Meal (another Batman tie-in), so clearly a product that the question of its cinematic merit is strictly an afterthought.
San Francisco Examiner
Except for the casting, it would be difficult to find any substantial difference between this movie and the previous ones, or this movie and any number of high-tech adventure movies of the last decade.
There's so much and so little going on here simultaneously that you're not sure whether to squirm or doze.
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