James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
*BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED (PG)
D: Matthew Robbins
Universal/Amblin (Ronald L. Schwary)
USA 🇺🇸 1987
W: Matthew Robbins, Brad Bird, Brent Maddock & S. S. Wilson
DP: John McPherson
Ed: Cynthia Schneider
Mus: James Horner
PD: Ted Haworth
Hume Cronyn (Frank Riley), Jessica Tandy (Faye Riley), Frank McRae (Harry Noble), Elizabeth Peña (Marisa Esteval), Michael Carmine (Carlos)
Styled *batteries not included, this is a twee fantasy about a group of elderly residents from a run-down Manhattan neighbourhood who are saved from being evicted by a group of miniture flying saucers.
This is basically a cross between E. T. & Cocoon, with some rather good visual effects, but it's all let down by a tacky screenplay. Too boring for kids, too schmaltzy for adults and too deadly for diabetics.