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Battle: Los Angeles Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Misses every mark it's aiming at, and then misses countless more.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
Battle: Los Angeles misses every mark it aims for. Aside from the well done special effects nothing in this movie is worth recommending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 21, 2012
Jonathan Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles" is one of those rare films that fails on just about every level a film can fail on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Luxford
The National
September 1, 2011
Not as bad as the other recent invasion movie Skyline, but still nothing to be excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 11, 2011
Despite plenty of promise, it's a mirthlessly clichéd, spasmodic mess of editing and direction. Still, look on the bright side; at least it wasn't released in 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
March 16, 2011
Director Jonathan Liebsman's decision to keep things at close-quarters - following solely this band of grunts rather than covering the entire city - could have worked had the film itself felt more elemental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 17, 2011
Michael Bay and Tony Scott made love to the American flag, birthed a demon spawn and called it Battle Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011
The film constantly blows thick smoke up our a---s and calls it charity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 18, 2011
Aaron Eckhart is great in a comedy (Thank You For Smoking) and great in a drama (Rabbit Hole) but he's not the sort of guy you want leading a sci-fi action film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
March 16, 2011
You'd be forgiven for crying after witnessing it purely out of sadness for the art of cinema.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 27, 2011
...looks good but the story lacks soul.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 11, 2011
Liebesman's faux-doc, hand-held shooting style comes off as energetic but unfocused, like a 6-year-old trying to write his name in the snow with piss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 10, 2011
Here's a science-fiction film that's an insult to the words "science" and "fiction," and the hyphen in between them. You want to cut it up to clean under your fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 9, 2011
It might be different with well-developed characters or a story that offers more depth or breadth, but the movie is predominantly pyrotechnics and, as impressive as some of those are, they don't warrant two hours worth of screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 10, 2011
Destined to be remembered primarily as yet another step toward closing the gap between games and movies, it's a lot of boom-boom and a bunch of "hoo-yah."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
March 9, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles ends up being ugly, bereft of creative kills, not scary, not entertaining, not thrilling, not bad enough to be funny, and not short enough to suffer through.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
March 10, 2011
Eckhart performs with laudable conviction, despite the laughable dialogue, but other characters blur into one, and you'll end up feeling as weary as Eckhart's marine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles has really intense action scenes. And that's it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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