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Batkid Begins

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Dana Nachman

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About the Movie

Batkid Begins takes audiences back to November 15th, 2013 - the day San Francisco became Gotham City and an intense outpouring of spontaneous support reverberated around the world. On one day, in one city, the world came together to grant one 5-year-old his wish. That little boy was Miles Scott, who is recovering from leukemia, and dreamed of becoming Batkid. A simple wish, which started with the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, grew into people around the world actively cheering Miles on including President Obama and on-screen superhereos. This wish and this little caped crusader resonated so deeply, filmmaker Dana Nachman was inspired to explore what happens when a small scale event aiming to fulfill one wish goes unintentionally viral, ultimately revealing surprising truths about what happens when someone inspires our society in a digital age.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 25, 2015

Fresh: 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. – Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 25, 2015

Fresh: The film will restore one's faith in humanity, at least during its running time. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jun 25, 2015

Fresh: 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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 25, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Shameless and a waste of money


Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The story of Miles is touching In its own right. A wonderful act of kindness from the Make a Wish foundation. However, this documentary focuses on the media hoopla, ungrateful parents and people trying to benefit from this poor child with cancer, which is neither touching or profound. This is by far one of thee most shameless documentaries I have watched. It's an expose on the world of journalism/media and how they crave a story. Shockingly surprised my Miles mothers lack of empathy by everything.. All this kindness for her family and she complains the entire film. Kudos to Miles father for being an endearing and sweet aspect to this poor made documentary . But I will say Miles is a true hero for what he has gone through despite this film.

Amazing and heartfelt

This documentary is exactly as described in the details. It explores how one simple and innocent wish rallied not only the city, but the world. Miles' wish went viral and turned into much more than anyone expected. This is a heartwarming story showing people come together for the good of one child. It is a reminder of the compassion, support, and action we all need for each other, including those outside our bubble.

Batkid Begins
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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