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Battle in Seattle Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Actor-turned writer-director Stuart Townsend makes great use of the documentary footage of the '99 Seattle WTO riots. And he gets across his talking points about this shadowy outfit, too. It's a shame his script and all his actor friends get in the way.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2008
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Battle in Seattle is a childish, ineffectively manipulative piece of self-serious agitprop about the four-day World Trade Organization meetings in 1999.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2009
Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE

Approaching its subject with a neat idealism and packaging its political fervor in the most facile of forms, the film boasts a cast loaded with Hollywoods both new and old and wraps its message up with eye-rolling naivete.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 8, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

So measured and fair-minded that all the drama gets sucked out of it.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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What I think the movie failed to do was the thing it had to do most, which was explain what is the WTO and why in Stuart Townshend's opinion, is it bad.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 6, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Fictionalized drama frustrates, rather than facilitates, understanding about the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Battle to Seattle.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2008
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Watching it is like being jabbed in the belly with a police baton, and not in a good way.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

March 29, 2008
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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The characters in Battle in Seattle are often crudely drawn, and the able actors struggle with canned lines.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It's like a class play by the Students for a Democratic Society.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

An unremarkable and often dull writing and directorial debut.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

September 23, 2008
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

puppet characters spout pabulum and orate to the skies

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Townsend smothers any sense of global immediacy by covering the action with a frayed patchwork of melodramatic coincidences,

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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But a drama is only as convincing as its characters. The people awkwardly forced together in Battle in Seattle are rhetorical mouthpieces tied to the sketchy plotlines of a so-so Hollywood ensemble movie.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Less notable is the soap-ish plot, which leans heavily on coincidence and melodrama.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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For all its speeches and scary graphics, Townsend's script fails to make it clear why we should care today.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Cinema verite' filmed in an unabashedly one-sided, pro-demonstrator mode, this film fails to make the grade as either hard hitting documentary or staged narrative fiction

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

September 24, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Most inspiring in its throwaway moments, the flick mistakenly thinks we give a damn about an irritating romance when it would be better served by facts, outrage, and complexity.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

September 30, 2008
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine

What began as an insightful study of how things went so horribly wrong at this event becomes yet another saccharine drama about fighting the power.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 18, 2008
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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The intent may be to provide distance between topic and teller, but the result is more wishy-washy than neutrally clarifying.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 17, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 20, 2009
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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