Batkid Begins - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Batkid Begins Reviews

August 14, 2015
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2015
Cynics can carp. Let them. But don't be one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 16, 2015
Unfortunately Batkid Begins is so rigidly upbeat that it begins to seem like one of those really cheesy Hallmark movies on TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 16, 2015
While it's far from stellar filmmaking, there's a winning positive tone to this misty-eyed documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 16, 2015
Nachman, for her part, diligently tries not to lose sight of the child at the center of it all.
July 9, 2015
Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2015
The seams occasionally show, especially whenever the shy, overwhelmed Miles grows tired or reluctant - or whenever the easily defeated villains start to look like so many overstuffed dolls - but it's impossible to say "no" to this project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2015
It's great fun to watch, with even President Barack Obama getting in on the act, and Batman Begins can be enjoyed entirely on this basis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2015
"Batkid" is a feel-good film, in the sense that the people who made this wish come true seem to feel pretty good about themselves. They certainly have a right to be satisfied: What they pulled off is impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 26, 2015
Nachman's documentary does a great job of showing the many pieces that came into place for Miles' moment, but it doesn't look much at what's underneath it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2015
The film will restore one's faith in humanity, at least during its running time.
June 25, 2015
Marveling without questioning, the movie is content to package the phenomenon and coast on its feel-good wave. Yet, somewhere around the midpoint, I began to wonder who was most thrilled by all this fuss.
June 25, 2015
Expands a two-minute viral video into a feature-length dry procedural of city permits, bitty bat costumes, street closures and savvy social promotion
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 25, 2015
It emphasizes just how much effort went into pulling the day together, and it's a fitting tribute to the volunteers who went above and beyond to bring a little boy's dream to life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2015
The editing is ruthlessly efficient, and some of the talking-heads scenes are dramatized via lively comic-book renditions that lend visual panache. All the characters grab you, not just the kid.
June 25, 2015
A fascinating look at how a true event can become a media event - and how courting the media can have good and bad results so mixed up that it's hard to know where the good influence stops and the corrupting influence starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2015
Tears will be shed, many of them surely genuine. Yet there's still something about this oversize spectacle, and Miles' ultimate place in it, that gives nagging pause.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2015
The filmmakers lay on such a thick layer of schmaltz that you'll need a cape and cowl of your own for protection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 24, 2015
The film isn't really about young Miles (whose cancer is today in remission) but about all of us, about our bottomless capacity to do good and our shared love of little kids, big dreams, and Batman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2015
"Batkid Begins" doesn't have answers for our many troubles, nor will it change the world, but it provides hope for humanity, and that's something we surely need to see more of right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2015
[A] humorous and touching new documentary.