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Battle for Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein whose apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist,

Dec 11, 2012

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Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides.

June 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Brings us inside the lives it touches.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Not exactly inspiring.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Battle for Brooklyn earns its epic-sounding title, building, block by block, a sturdy, gritty little film about the impassioned fight to ensure development's directed by the local people and for the local people, not by a few overlords above all.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

'A movie with a narrative' woven along a personal thread, Battle for Brooklyn squeezes drama even out of that person's repeatedly clicking a monitor 'refresh.'

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Battle For Brooklyn is a telling snapshot of (offscreen) political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

A powerful and surprisingly moving film about an important and little-reflected-upon topic; a telling snapshot of political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

If you're a New Yorker, it's a mesmerizing story and for the most part Battle For Brooklyn, provides an engrossing history lesson on this controversial project.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: NY1-TV
NY1-TV

Despite what other critics have said here, the movie allows the developers equal time. Of course, they hoist themselves on their own petards which you would expect. Anyhow, this is must-seeing for those concerned about the stranglehold of the rich on NY.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Although Battle for Brooklyn gives voice to the project's supporters, there's little doubt which side Galinsky and Hawley are on.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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