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Bats (1999)

tomatometer

18

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

Neither scary nor creepy.

audience

14

liked it
Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 20,661

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Movie Info

When the small Texas town of Gallup experiences a series of inexplicable bat attacks on local residence, the government calls upon eminent wildlife Zoologist Dr. Sheila Casper to investigate. Although usually a harmless and rather gentle animal, swarms of bats have suddenly become vicious, making Gallup a very dangerous place after the sun goes down. Sheila teams up with town sheriff Emmett Kimsey to discover why these nocturnal mammals have changed their behavior. As the attacks escalate,

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Drama, Horror

John Logan

Aug 7, 2001

Destination Films

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (35) | DVD (9)

This bad-scientist movie about bats that attack humans and the humans who track them -- Texas sheriff Lou Diamond Phillips and zoologist Dina Meyer -- is played straight, though it wasn't intended to be taken that way.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A movie that's too unintentionally funny to be scary.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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A vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The bat attacks are a series of violent camera pans rendering everything a blur; the continuity and computer-generated imagery is dire; and the dialogue stinks, as do the performances.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's no knockout, but it's fun and gets the job done in a nonmalicious way, which more of today's punishing filmmakers should emulate.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Bats has nothing to do with baseball or Bela Lugosi. Too bad, because either would be a welcome distraction from this cheesy B-flick about genetically altered man-eating bats.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Grade-A hunk of Ed Wood-level cheese.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Once the little beasts start crawling into cars through the exhaust pipes with malevolent intent and dive-bombing people in convenience stores, it's hard not to think of Gremlins.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

yeah, that's what the world needs

February 28, 2008

You really want to like it. It's kind of funny in a simple, old-fashioned kind of way, like the B-movies of old. But it really doesn't have much energy or imagination.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Having your own house infested with bats would be more welcome.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Treat yourself to a quality cinematic experience. Go to the theatre and see anything else that's playing.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Bats sticks to the ground rules of its genre and gets through a story at once predictable and preposterous with an ingratiating absence of pretension.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It should provide a welcome fix for many horror film addicts.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film skillfully mixes in humor (thanks in great part to the straight-faced clichéd phrases and no-nonsense lines delivered by Leon) without undermining the tension.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Now here we go, a resolutely B-movie thriller with delusions of grandeur.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

You might be surprised at the tension that pervades this enjoyably cheesy movie.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Shaving the corns off of your toes is time better spent.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Director Louis Morneau tries to liven things up with some intentional humor, but it is so conventional it doesn't really go anywhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Audience Reviews for Bats

Bats is a cliched, overdone genre film about deadly bats. The concept is old, tired and ultimately boring. The films plot is derivative of every other nature gone wild horror flick.Bats could have been something good, but it ultimately failed in delivering anything good to the screen. The film in originality, not providing us with interesting characters or story line. This film could have been good, instead it took liberties from other genre films, and it just became a big cliche riddled film. The payoff of the film is weak, and overall this is a lazy effort. The acting is sloppy, and is complemented by a very poor script. Bats is an example of a film that has had the misfortune of being in a genre of horror film that really is not interesting anymore. I mean, the nature gone wild genre has covered so much ground in the last three decades. Starting with Jaws, to Grizzlyu with Piranha, Alligator and Arachnophobia and culminating with Lake Placid. There has been other killer creature films since, but what separates this film from the newer films are that these films such as Rogue used cliched ideas in a refreshing way and had a good, well constructed script that used suspense and terror effectively well to tell its story However Bats doesn't do that. Bats uses cliches with a bad script, and it doesn't work. Stick with Jaws, Grizzly and the more recent Rogue. Bats just doesn't cut it, and it suffers from being a bad B movie that is more hilariously bad than scary. As a bad film, this one works, as a horror flick, it doesn't.
January 21, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Amazing non-stop high-flying, action-packed scream ride, so frightfully good fun.
August 20, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A cheesy horror flick that harkens back to the days of bad '60's sci-fi. Hard to believe they could make something this rotten in this day and age. A good film for groups of people to watch together... and make fun of. Too bad MST3K isn't still around. They'd have a field day with this.
May 21, 2007
webalina

Super Reviewer

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