The filmmakers do manage a few interesting touches. Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), with the aid of hypnotic dust that she blows through the air, intoxicates Batman and Robin and causes them to fight amongst themselves. Robin insists he wants equal billing: "I want my own spotlight!" At one point, in disgust, Robin announces, "That's it. I'm going solo!"
But the movie continues to give us the same stuff over and over. Poison Ivy keeps blowing her lust dust. Mr. Freeze keeps blasting people with his ice blaster. The laser is cool for about the first 5 or 6 people that he zaps. But he keeps using it over and over again. And just when it's time for the big final threat from Mr. Freeze--the ultimate terror that will place the entire planet in jeopardy--what happens? Mr. Freeze decides to use a super big ice blaster and freeze everyone. Now we get to see thousands more people turned to ice. Ho-hum. As a result, Batman & Robin ends up hopelessly repetitive and downright boring. Director Joel Schumacher keeps the action going at a breakneck pace, but even the action scenes resemble outtakes from Battle of the Gladiators.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hopelessly miscast as Mr. Freeze. Arnold is great at action roles where his inflated muscles are part of the character that he plays. But virtually anyone could be clad in Mr. Freeze's suit and still look like a formidable foe. This movie asks him to do what he is weakest at--acting. As Mr. Freeze continues to zap people with his ice blaster and toss out one-liners (all involving ice, of course), the jokes drop like bricks--with nary a chuckle from the audience.
Uma Thurman is almost as bad as Schwarzenegger. She hams it up in every scene she's in, overacting outrageously. Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl is one of the few pleasant surprises, but she's given painfully little to do until the end of the movie.
This movie is an absolute mess and without a doubt the worst movie in the Batman series. It's possibly one of the worst big budget movies ever made, period.