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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 130

Overlong and overly burdened with war movie clichés, Battle: Los Angeles will entertain only the most ardent action junkies.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 27

Overlong and overly burdened with war movie clichés, Battle: Los Angeles will entertain only the most ardent action junkies.



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For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy

Jun 14, 2011


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All Critics (199) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (130) | DVD (10)

Terminally stupid.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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If the talk had been surgically removed, leaving only the sights and sounds of combat, this could have been a striking, semiabstract display of aggressive energy; as it is, any viewer over twelve will go for the laughs.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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Excitement? Not so much.

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (6)
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With his hawklike profile and square jaw, the hyperstalwart Eckhart looks like a comic-book hero and acts like one, too. He's so stalwart he creaks.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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This film feels so much like a videogame your hands keep reaching for controllers -- shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (22)
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Don't mean to boast, but I can suspend my disbelief as willingly as any credulous moviegoer. Yet not even an industrial crane would have helped here. Nope, Battle: Los Angeles completely defeated me.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Case in point: Battle: Los Angeles, an alien-invasion disaster piece so loud, ham-fisted and joyless-so aggressively lousy-that its only real usefulness is to make one better appreciate the deft touch of a Roland Emmerich.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Misses every mark it's aiming at, and then misses countless more.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Battle: Los Angeles misses every mark it aims for. Aside from the well done special effects nothing in this movie is worth recommending.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's not new, it's not novel and it's not art. But as a popcorn movie a couple of months out of summer season, it'll have to do.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Just the worst, most cliché-ridden bunch of faceless cannon fodder you've ever had the misfortune to watch die.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Jonathan Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles" is one of those rare films that fails on just about every level a film can fail on.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

Eat some leatherneck lead, E.T. -- and semper fi, space scum!

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comments (2)
American Profile

Not as bad as the other recent invasion movie Skyline, but still nothing to be excited about.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

For an alien invasion film, this one is a solid effort, though there's a bit too much violence and not enough introspection.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

...Battle Los Angeles fizzles out long before it reaches its tedious, anticlimactic finish.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... this humorless film as unimaginative -- and as exhausting -- as you can get.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

a kind of cross between what I imagine the first person shooter video game experience to be and an episode of the HBO series Generation Kill

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (2)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Wears its valor and vigor on its sleeve daring to be old-fashioned in its depiction of American heroism. The spirit of "Semper Fi" hasn't been this much fun in a long time.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

For all the blazing guns and s*** blowing up, it's only sporadically thrilling.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

... lock-and-load sci-fi - "Full Metal Jacket" meets "War of the Worlds.


From beginning to end, this thing just keeps jackhammering at your nerves. Sure, there are a few moments of comic relief, both intended and not.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

...looks good but the story lacks soul.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix
Daily Film Fix

Action packed from beginning to end, "Battle: Los Angeles" is the bigger, badder brother to "Independence Day."

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviehole | Comments (8)

It's a decent night out, provided you know what you're in for.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
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Audience Reviews for Battle: Los Angeles

A typical story: battle-hardened vet teaches baby blue Marines the real meaning of Semper Fi! and Hoo-rah! ... only updated as they fight the damned alien scourge in L.A. A time passer is all.
April 14, 2013

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Most assuredly a candidate for the worst film ever made. But, worse than that, the most painfully boring film I have ever seen... probably. Utterly redundant on every level.
So glad I never saw it at the flics - I would certainly have broken rule No. 1 of McKittrick's Law: Never walk out on a film.
October 7, 2012

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So after you've glanced at the poster, you really don't need a synopsis to explain what the film is about. So I won't go into plot details on the basis that if you consider watching this film, you probably know what to expect, if not, this movie really isn't for you. Personally I felt very skeptic at the thought of the idea of actually enjoying Battle: Los Angeles. But I actually kinda liked it. Entirely despite the fact that there is a lengthy list in my mind that argue that the film is an absolute disgrace. There are many problems with Battle LA, certainly not the least of which is that it exists, at all. Because we've seen movies like this many times before and to it's disadvantage does choose to come across as a formulaic rip-off. But essentially it is an absolute cluster of every war film and alien invasion movie pretty much ever made. Imagine Independence Day and Black Hawk Down having a lovechild, it's this movie. The editing is also flawed in various places, and the CGI special effects are sometimes very unconvincing. The direction is also pretty damn adequate and director Jonathan Liebesman should be very greatful to have the budget he has, because a lot of outstanding film makers never get close to having the money he has at his disposal here. However I was in a bad mood when I watched this film and I found it to be strangely uplifting and entertaining. Aaron Eckhart's lead performance is decent enough and unlike other diaster epic's such as Independence Day the cliche's it constantly relies on never get too cheesy, dull or boring. I've seen many full on special effects movies of the last few years i've absolutely hated, but this one is never boring all the way through. It get's too repetitive eventually but overall it is what it is, and I knew what I was going to get watching it, a movie entirely reliant on special effects. But I have to admit to enjoying it's company. To put it simply, it's better than a Michael Bay alien, robot invasion movie, but not as good as a hard-hitting Ridley Scott war epic.
October 2, 2012
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    1. Sgt. Major: At 14:46 Pacific Standard Time, 12 different locations around the world were breached, in what appears to be a coordinated attack by an unknown enemy. All breaches were along the coastline, in what is a campaign of rapid dominance. This is a textbook military invasion. There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the last offensive force on the west coast, we can not lose Los Angeles.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
    1. 2nd Lt. William Martinez: That was some real Joghn Wayne shit Staff Sergeant
    – Submitted by Alex M (2 years ago)
    1. Ssgt. Michael Nantz: Lets take back Los Angeles!
    – Submitted by Jack P (2 years ago)
    1. Ssgt. Michael Nantz: Retreat, hell.
    – Submitted by Tim H (3 years ago)
    1. 2nd Lt. William Martinez: This is Lieutenant William Martinez, Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines! Hoorah!
    – Submitted by Andrew T (3 years ago)
    1. Ssgt. Michael Nantz: Move to live, Marines.
    – Submitted by Tommee P (3 years ago)
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