Ranking Every Batman Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best

Here's how the critics felt about every Batman movie, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores.

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The onscreen depiction of Batman has come a long way since the campy Batman: The Movie in 1966, with the Caped Crusader undergoing some serious transformations over the years. Whether you prefer the heightened gothic undertones of the Tim Burton movies, the darker aesthetic that Christopher Nolan brought to his trilogy, or the grittiness of the modern DC Extended Universe era, Batman remains one of pop culture's most enduring creations. To see how critics have responded to the various iterations over the decades, take a look at this ranking of every Batman movie by Rotten Tomatoes score. And for more critical takes on comic book movies, we're also Ranking Every Marvel Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

14
Batman & Robin (1997)

still from batman and robin
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11 percent

And for more movies the critics hated, These Are the Movies on Rotten Tomatoes With 0 Percent Ratings.

13
Suicide Squad (2016)

batman in suicide squad
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27 percent

12
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

batman v superman dawn of justice
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28 percent

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11
Batman Forever (1995)

batman forever
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39 percent

And for more stars who underwent dramatic transformations, check out these 14 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable in Major Movies.

10
Justice League (2017)

still from justice league
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40 percent

9
Joker (2019)

batman in joker
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68 percent

8
Batman (1989)

still from the 1989 batman
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

And to see how the critics responded to another famous crime-fighter, we're Ranking Every James Bond Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

7
Batman: The Movie (1966)

batman the movie
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent

6
Batman Returns (1992)

batman returns
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80 percent

And for more follow-ups that improved on their predecessors, revisit these 20 Movie Sequels Better Than the Original.

5
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

batman mask of the phantasm
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84 percent

4
Batman Begins (2005)

batman begins
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84 percent

3
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

the dark knight rises
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

2
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

the lego batman movie
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

1
The Dark Knight (2008)

the dark knight
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

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