Battle: Los Angeles Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2011
Terminally stupid.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 21, 2011
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2011
Excitement? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 11, 2011
This film feels so much like a videogame your hands keep reaching for controllers -- shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2011
This silly extraterrestrial-invasion epic somehow manages the feat of making the destruction of La La Land seem tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
March 11, 2011
H.G. Wells did it better. This movie spends so much yawn-inducing time on variations of the same combat scenario that its final showdown feels rushed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 11, 2011
As it lurches from Act II to Act III, "Battle: Loss Angeles" reveals itself to be a lousy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2011
Eckhart's commitment to the movie's reality, which is as fierce as the sergeant's commitment to his men, takes what otherwise might merely have been outlandish and makes it believable, and frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 10, 2011
Battle takes its fight so seriously that it's hard to get behind the mission.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2011
As it stands, Battle: Los Angeles is good dumb fun. A little less talking and a little weirder alien and it might have been something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 10, 2011
Like an angry tenant bent on revenge, the movie industry has depicted the destruction of Los Angeles with staggering consistency if not a wealth of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
You can't help but wish there had been a lot more heart in this Marine's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 10, 2011
The film, constructed by people of serious talent, is designed to put you through the wringer, and that's exactly what it does. This is a total war scenario, people. Man up or stand back. Hoo-rah!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 10, 2011
A loud, frenetic, viscerally gripping two-hour tour of duty that mostly plays fair by the rules of the genre and mostly avoids macho posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 10, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles draws entirely on clichés ... And they're all shouted at top volume.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 10, 2011
As a narrative, the cartoonish Battle: Los Angeles makes the cartoonish Independence Day look as nuanced as Saving Private Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 10, 2011
It's like watching other people play a video game
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 10, 2011
Disaster films will really get interesting when they start running out of iconic skylines to destroy. How about "Battle: Wichita" or "Deep Impact: Albany"?
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 10, 2011
..the real problem with this picture, shaky-cam visuals aside... is its insistent, talky, unnecessary earnestness, which adds a good fifteen minutes of flab to the picture...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2011
This jacked-up B-movie hybrid of "Black Hawk Down" and "War of the Worlds" is a modest but crafty triumph of tension over good sense and cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 10, 2011
[It] isn't nearly as good as any of the movies that may have inspired it, or even its own knockout trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles is so inept it's exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 10, 2011
A solid popcorn movie, with plenty of action, explosions and low-key mayhem unlikely to scar even the most fragile of psyches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 10, 2011
When the mothership finally arrives, it's a clinking, clanking, clattering collection of metallic parts, as if Fred Sanford's junkyard suddenly became airborne.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 10, 2011
Me, I would rather have enjoyed a big breakfast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 10, 2011
A movie that made me wish, from the first to the last of its 116 minutes (forewarned is forearmed!), that I were at home watching Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" again instead.
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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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Brian Lowry
Variety
March 9, 2011
Mostly, this is the cinematic equivalent of a first-person shooter game, one where the Marines possess only slightly more personality than the faceless invaders.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2011
The deadening and sometimes laughable litany of shouted military-style dialogue eventually pummels into submission any hope for fresh creative angles on this well-worn format.
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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
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 9, 2011
Not a single arresting image is found amid the sci-fi rubble, though unintentional laughs eventually arrive.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 8, 2011
The weak link is Christopher Bertolini's script, which lumbers the flat military characters with hackneyed dialogue and corny sentimentality. Not even Eckhart can survive such banality, and kick-ass specialist Michelle Rodriguez is wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5