The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (IMDb)
This take on Batman is less than mediocre, with a thin plot (barely boosted by a couple funny lines) and uninspired main characters (Keaton’s Batman is dry and Nicholson’s Joker feels more silly and contrived than evil) thrown into an childish, ill-paced, and painfully awkward script (see the awful scene with Wayne and the Joker). The campy comic-book vibe here just doesn’t hold up today, especially in light of Nolan’s recent weighty take on the same superhero in his Dark Knight trilogy.
– #3 on my Top 10 Most Overrated Films list