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When the small Texas town of Gallup experiences a series of inexplicable bat attacks on local residence, the government calls upon eminent wildlife Zoologist Dr. Sheila Casper to investigate. Although usually a harmless and rather gentle animal, swarms of bats have suddenly become vicious, making Gallup a very dangerous place after the sun goes down. Sheila teams up with town sheriff Emmett Kimsey to discover why these nocturnal mammals have changed their behavior. As the attacks escalate, Sheila and Kimsey must locate and destroy the swarm's cave before the killing spreads.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This bad-scientist movie about bats that attack humans and the humans who track them -- Texas sheriff Lou Diamond Phillips and zoologist Dina Meyer -- is played straight, though it wasn't intended to be taken that way."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The bat attacks are a series of violent camera pans rendering everything a blur; the continuity and computer-generated imagery is dire; and the dialogue stinks, as do the performances."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Grade-A hunk of Ed Wood-level cheese."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"You really want to like it. It's kind of funny in a simple, old-fashioned kind of way, like the B-movies of old. But it really doesn't have much energy or imagination."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Treat yourself to a quality cinematic experience. Go to the theatre and see anything else that's playing."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A movie that's too unintentionally funny to be scary."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It's no knockout, but it's fun and gets the job done in a nonmalicious way, which more of today's punishing filmmakers should emulate."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Once the little beasts start crawling into cars through the exhaust pipes with malevolent intent and dive-bombing people in convenience stores, it's hard not to think of Gremlins."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Bats sticks to the ground rules of its genre and gets through a story at once predictable and preposterous with an ingratiating absence of pretension."
‑ Kim Newman, Sight and Sound
"A vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Bats has nothing to do with baseball or Bela Lugosi. Too bad, because either would be a welcome distraction from this cheesy B-flick about genetically altered man-eating bats."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"yeah, that's what the world needs"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Having your own house infested with bats would be more welcome."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"It should provide a welcome fix for many horror film addicts."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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