Battle in Heaven (2006)

Battle in Heaven

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Critic Consensus: Though it tries to be provocative, Battle in Heaven is lethargic and mind-numbing.


Movie Info

In Battle in Heaven (AKA Batalla en el Cielo), director Carlos Reygadas' searing look at the inherent hypocrisies of Mexico's social structure, Marcos Hernandez is Marcos, an overweight, poverty-stricken chauffeur who longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in their custody, this simple crime that Marcos hoped would brighten his family's future instead adds a crushing burden to his conscience and will bring … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Carlos Reygadas
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 9, 2006
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Battle in Heaven

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (22)

Since premiering at Cannes the movie has become notorious for its shocking, emphatically unerotic sex scenes, though it's equally notable for its striking visual conceits and small moments of intense feeling.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Insufferably arty, polemic and winkingly provocative.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

If you dare to see it, prepare for a challenge.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Battle in Heaven

First movie made to date starring robots disguised as humans. Thus, explaining the lack of anything that remotely looks like a human emotion, or normal human behaviour, in this film.

Anyway, Reygadas can't trick me with his smoke curtains, the man wanted to film fat people screwing. If you need more proof of the type of cinematic wanker this guy is, he's selling himself like a sort of Tarkovsky meets Breson. Seriously, nobody in his right mind will say they "enjoyed" this unless they're just trying to impress some pseudo-intelectual hot chick at some bar.

DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Ugly fat guy sleeps with prostitute in graphic sex scene. Slow, plot-less, with characters you couldn't care less about let alone identify with.

RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

I was quite disappointed by this, expecting a Breillat-style examination of raw sexuality. Though the movie has developed a notorious reputation for it's extreme sex scenes, these moments do seem to glare at the audience, as if only to distract us from the plotless imagery. It seems to involve a kidnapping and the pursuit of a girl ending in our protagonist's mental breakdown, but the narrative is highly uninvolving, giving the film a very documentarian feel. And when most of what is documented is a fat man recieving a veerrry slow blowjob, it does make you question sticking through it all.

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Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

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