Reviews

Aug 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.
Jul 23, 2015
Cynics can carp. Let them. But don't be one of them.
Jul 16, 2015
Unfortunately Batkid Begins is so rigidly upbeat that it begins to seem like one of those really cheesy Hallmark movies on TV.
Jul 16, 2015
Nachman, for her part, diligently tries not to lose sight of the child at the center of it all.
Jul 9, 2015
Everybody got a bit of childhood back, not because of what they got but because of what they gave.
Jul 9, 2015
Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 1, 2015
The footage is simultaneously spectacular and intimate, with plenty of adorable-child moments.
Jun 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.
Jun 25, 2015
The film will restore one's faith in humanity, at least during its running time.
Jun 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.
Jun 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
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 25, 2015
Who would have thought that the week after Inside Out opened, another movie about a kid in San Francisco would have me crying even more - and laughing almost as much?
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.