Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 19 out of 26
  1. 50
    Perfect late-summer drive-in fare.
  2. In its own B-film, let's-make-them-jump-out-of-their-seats way, Bats is quite the hoot.
  3. 50
    A sleek rip-off of "The Birds" that is fast, furious, and watchable, but lacking in the two elements most essential to a silly screamfest like this: scares and laughs.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Smoothly maneuvering within the limitations of genre conventions, Bats emerges as a vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.
  5. Reviewed by: Doug Brod
    42
    The kind of rote schlocker that rarely makes it to big screens anymore.
  6. 40
    A straight-faced throwback to the glory days of mutant wildlife on the rampage.
  7. 40
    Overlong, hard look at the perils of tampering with Creation.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Dominguez
    38
    Unfortunately, it isn't until the final scene -- a spoof of the horror genre's false-ending cliché -- that Bats really takes wing.
  9. If you are unlucky enough to stray into the presence of Bats, I strongly recommend you follow their wise example. Hang from the ceiling and go to sleep.
  10. Really just an update of the kind of hapless grade-Z effort that once played the bottom half of a drive-in double bill.
  11. Everything in it is old bat.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    30
    Pours on some of the most ridiculous dialogue heard in a feature film in a long time.
  13. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    So campy...may be good for a few laughs.
  14. So uninvolving it scarcely matters what it looks like.
  15. Violent and vapid, but the visual jolts may please horror buffs.
  16. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    25
    Dumb cliches run amok.
  17. 25
    Not especially scary or funny, this lame comedy-thriller wastes a decent cast in a plodding tale.
  18. Falls apart immediately, then limps on for 45 minutes more.
  19. A dimwitted, fill-in-the-blanks horror opus that slanders a fine and useful mammal.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    A reassuring little cheeseball of a movie.
  21. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    20
    A work of hilarious, nearly Ed Wood-worthy ineptitude.
  22. Cause for fright in only one respect: the possibility that it could spawn sequels.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    10
    An amazing compendium of dumb behavior, bad dialogue, and incoherent direction.
  24. Hopeless rip-off of Hitchcock's "The Birds."
  25. 10
    All I saw were unimpressive digital effects; artless, quick-cut abstracted gore; and a last-ditch attempt to evoke a visceral response by heaping the climactic scene with bat shit.
  26. 0
    It's relentlessly bad in a way that just makes those theatre seats plain uncomfortable.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. JamesE.
    Jan 27, 2008
    8
    This movie is a real gem...no I take that back it is a (Lou) Diamond (Phillips)! As always The Diamond brings his "A" game to the role and This movie is a real gem...no I take that back it is a (Lou) Diamond (Phillips)! As always The Diamond brings his "A" game to the role and owns it. He puts on that oversized sherriffs hat and you think WOW did he quit acting and take on a a life of crime fighting. This is a must watch for anybody who wants to see a bunch of bats get handed some Texas justice Diamond style! Full Review »