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.
Misses every mark it's aiming at, and then misses countless more.
| Original Score: D
Battle: Los Angeles misses every mark it aims for. Aside from the well done special effects nothing in this movie is worth recommending.
| Original Score: 3/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Just the worst, most cliché-ridden bunch of faceless cannon fodder you've ever had the misfortune to watch die.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles" is one of those rare films that fails on just about every level a film can fail on.
| Original Score: 1/4
Eat some leatherneck lead, E.T. -- and semper fi, space scum!
Not as bad as the other recent invasion movie Skyline, but still nothing to be excited about.
| Original Score: 2/5
For an alien invasion film, this one is a solid effort, though there's a bit too much violence and not enough introspection.
...Battle Los Angeles fizzles out long before it reaches its tedious, anticlimactic finish.
... this humorless film as unimaginative -- and as exhausting -- as you can get.
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
| Original Score: 83/100
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.
| Original Score: B+
For all the blazing guns and s*** blowing up, it's only sporadically thrilling.
| Original Score: C-
... lock-and-load sci-fi - "Full Metal Jacket" meets "War of the Worlds.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...looks good but the story lacks soul.
Action packed from beginning to end, "Battle: Los Angeles" is the bigger, badder brother to "Independence Day."
It's a decent night out, provided you know what you're in for.
| Original Score: 2.5/4