Metascore
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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.

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