A vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.
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.
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.
It should provide a welcome fix for many horror film addicts.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
You might be surprised at the tension that pervades this enjoyably cheesy movie.
Bats has the look and feel of a film which really belongs in the straight to video category but it has just enough cheap thrills for genre buffs to give it a look.
Grade-A hunk of Ed Wood-level cheese.
| Original Score: 0/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
A movie that's too unintentionally funny to be scary.
yeah, that's what the world needs
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
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.
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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.
Having your own house infested with bats would be more welcome.
| Original Score: 0/5
Treat yourself to a quality cinematic experience. Go to the theatre and see anything else that's playing.
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 1.5/5
| Original Score: 1/4