Battlefield Earth Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 17, 2014
A monumentally silly hunk of junk.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2013
Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Looking back on this film, I can't find anything nice to say about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Worst example of vanity filmmaking in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 17, 2014
There are many things to make fun of here.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Every bit as bad as its reputation implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
The miscued camp and underachieving action merely unload it as a bombastic concoction.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
The story is quite weak, with the pace all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
This movie could not be stupider.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
If you are looking for something to hate and despise, get thee to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret Pomeranz
April 30, 2014
From any angle this is a very ill-considered project -- an obvious contender for worst film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
This isn't a movie, it's a crime against celluloid. You don't so much watch it as stare at it in gape-jawed disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A folly so supreme that it occasionally inspires awe, in the sense that so many people spent so much time and money on it without ever realizing how awful it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
"Battlefield Earth," based on a crappy 1982 sci-fi novel by cult religion dips#*t L. Ron Hubbard, is so inept and pathetic that it should forever end any questions about the validity of Hubbard's manufactured religion of Scientology.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth is as relentlessly grim as it is artless, and Elia Cmiral's bombastic score also makes it painful to listen to.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
Just too absurd to pay full price to see in a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
May 28, 2013
There's so much to mock in Battlefield Earth, it's hard to know where to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There's really only one way to summarize my sheer hatred for what is possibly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And it's through a list.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Sitting through the summer's first monolithic monstrosity, Battlefield Earth, was one of the most painfully excruciating experiences of my life.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Travolta, it seems, had wanted to star in a film of Battlefield Earth since first reading the novel in 1982. Only the all-seeing L Ron knows why.
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