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Batkid Begins (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Sweet and unabashedly sentimental, Batkid Begins is an uplifting look at a selfless act that brought a city together.

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On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish. The documentary "Batkid Begins" looks at the "why" of this flash phenomenon. Why did the intense outpouring of spontaneous support for a child reverberate around the world and become one of the biggest "good news stories" ever? The film explores what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society. Will Make-A-Wish fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life? In the end, the film leaves audiences to decide; did Miles need the world for inspiration? Or did the world need Miles? (C) Warner Bros

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Scott Miles
as Himself
Ama Daetz
as Herself
Sue Johnston
as Herself
Mike Jutan
as The Penguin
Phillip Watt
as The Riddler
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The deeper we go into Dana Nachman's unquestioning, feature-length cheerleading film, the more uncomfortable I felt about the reaction of one person to that magical and overwhelming day. Miles.

August 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4

Cynics can carp. Let them. But don't be one of them.

July 23, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately Batkid Begins is so rigidly upbeat that it begins to seem like one of those really cheesy Hallmark movies on TV.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While it's far from stellar filmmaking, there's a winning positive tone to this misty-eyed documentary.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Nachman, for her part, diligently tries not to lose sight of the child at the center of it all.

July 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global.

July 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

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