The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2003
You get the sense of too much input, too many bright ideas, too many scenes that don't belong in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
August 22, 2003
... the film wishes it were as eccentric as Rushmore, ... but the dubious whimsy, devoid of any directorial voice, plays more like a very special episode of Dawson's Creek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
September 4, 2003
Project Greenlight's second "winner" is more like a second strike ... and not a ringing endorsement for contest-based filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 17, 2003
A movie as awkward and embarrassing as when you're 13 and your grandma sends you a birthday card with a clown on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 29, 2003
It's an insufferable piffle.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
October 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Suffers from a terrible script with grossly under-developed sub-plots and characters...
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 30, 2003
If there is a delicate story of forgiveness, friendship and family buried somewhere in Erica Beeney's script, Potelle and Rankin haven't managed to find it under the throes of empty rebellion and painless triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2003
[Potelle and Rankin] were set up to fail. And so they failed.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 10, 2003
An unappealing melancholy sitcom dramatization.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 21, 2003
A Project Greenlight winner, which probably says mouthfuls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 21, 2003
The drab comic melodrama The Battle of Shaker Heights may lead to a new axiom: success has many fathers, but failure has Project Greenlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 21, 2003
Directors Potelle and Rankin lack the skill to integrate the sometimes drastic shifts between comedy and drama -- and the serious portions ultimately get short shrift, apparently at the behest of Miramax's marketing executives.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 28, 2003
As putatively quirky coming-of-age movies go, this one feels factory-tooled -- and fake.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 29, 2003
It's a very minor Catcher in the Rye, featuring clever but overcooked dialogue, two-dimensional supporting roles, and a disarming generosity toward its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 29, 2003
It's simply an indie-film aping of Hollywood teen-mongering at its ultimate worst.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 29, 2003
An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 3, 2003
Cinematic mush.
| Original Score: C-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 3, 2003
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
Kim Campbell
Christian Science Monitor
September 5, 2003
The movie was not great, but not Ishtar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 27, 2004
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Ben Nuckols
San Francisco Examiner
October 30, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 14, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 3, 2003
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