Tomatometer Watch: Battleship



People couldn't believe the news when it was first announced but here we are: A movie adaptation of a Hasbro board game, Battleship, has an imminent American release. Jumping head first into international waters, Universal has already released the film in dozens of countries -- in fact, the United States will be the last to host Battleship in theaters when it hits our shores May 18. For the critics who have seen it, what did they think?

"Impressive visual effects and Berg's epic set pieces fight against an armada of cinematic clichés and some truly awful dialogue," from a Rotten Hollywood Reporter review by Megan Lehmann.

"[Floats]...on the strength of its boyish, eager-to-please razzle-dazzle," from a Fresh Variety review by Guy Lodge.

"If you found Transformers just a touch too subtle, this is the film for you," from a Rotten Guardian review by Catherine Shoard.

"All you can do is raise the white flag and surrender to the film's awesome silliness," from a Fresh Movie Talk review by Jason Best.

In a nutshell, critics are astonished by its pure blockbuster simplicity -- whether that's a good or bad thing falls squarely to individual interpretation. If the Tomatometer score holds, this will continue lead actor Taylor Kitsch's Rotten streak (out of his 7 credited movies, none are Fresh). Director Peter Berg has not had a Fresh movie since 2004's Friday Night Lights.

What do you think? Will Battleship be Fresh or Rotten?

Comments

Willie Christianson

Willie Christianson

rotten

Apr 15 - 07:49 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Rotton Tomato PM. It just....drains the strength.

Apr 15 - 07:51 PM

Gordon Sr.

Gordon Sr.

you know its Cinema Alchemy: TURNING CRAP INTO GOLD! people enjoy it like when they raped that guy in AMERICAN ME. The guy enjoyed being raped. and then they stuck him with a big knife. ////The audience will enjoy being SKULL-FREAKED by the studio.

Apr 19 - 04:44 PM

Gordon Sr.

Gordon Sr.

yo Johnathan Frid died . . . BARNABAS COLLINS IS GONE . . . Dick Clark is GONE . . . and the guy starring in Phantom of the Paradise directed by Brian DePalma is GONE . . . (we don't die, we only change form; that's the ticket)

Apr 19 - 04:48 PM

billmcvay1

Bill McVay

Rotten but fun, 44% on the tomatometer.

Apr 15 - 07:54 PM

Ustpatrick

bobby uptain

Stupidest concept ever = fail

Apr 15 - 07:56 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

cowboys and aliens was a better concept?

Apr 18 - 12:23 PM

Timothy Bucher

Timothy Bucher

Yes.

Apr 19 - 02:40 PM

Ustpatrick

bobby uptain

Cowboys and aliens is a very good concept the movie just wasnt done right.

Apr 19 - 08:40 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

you lost me

Apr 20 - 08:48 AM

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi

36%

Apr 15 - 08:04 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

24%

Apr 15 - 08:25 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I don't expect this to be any better than B:LA. I expect this to be a POS, actually.

27%

Apr 15 - 08:26 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Maybe Dark Shadows is more your speed. WATCHER, tell all your friends to BOYCOTT this Dark Shadows movie; lie down in the movie-theater's lobby in protest (block the entrance). TIM BURTON'S DARK SHADOWS TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isjg9O7ifwM.

Apr 19 - 09:14 PM

ChristophMiddle

Christoph M

Hasbro has successfully answered the question of how the heck do you turn a game like Battleship into a movie. Answer: Do random S#*t that bears no resemblance to its source material whatsoever.

Okay maybe "successfully" was a poor choice of words.

Apr 15 - 09:15 PM

Sarah Maywalt

Sarah Maywalt

Let's be honest. The "source material" consists *entirely* of a carrier, a battleship, a submarine, a cruiser, a destroyer, an ocean, shots that hit, shots that miss, and ships that sink. I'm pretty sure I saw most of that in the trailer alone.

Apr 16 - 10:11 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

But where's the scene when the table flips over and all the pieces hit the wall?

Apr 16 - 01:04 PM

John Nichols

John Nichols

that made me laugh, good comment

Apr 16 - 01:58 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

If Rhianna came with the Board Game it probably would have sold better. I'd have bought it. That chick is slutty in the classiest way possible.

Apr 16 - 05:55 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

That scene is Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey when they play the Grim Reaper in Battleship.

Apr 18 - 12:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

If Bill and Ted show up, or the Bergman "Death" figure, I'll be happy to retract any and all criticism. Even just the actor William Sadler, at this point, would be a welcome improvement.

Apr 18 - 12:38 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

The NOAA scene? The peg missiles? Human with jammed comm signals vs alien who never invented radar? Those are pretty creative interpretations of board game rules.

Apr 18 - 01:31 AM

Mathew Hennessy

Mathew Hennessy

So bad it's good.. Hopefully.

Apr 15 - 09:22 PM

DivineCC

Bill Pyle

Without question it will be rotten. From everything we've seen, how could this possibly end up fresh? Its nothing but pure popcorn fluff.

Apr 15 - 09:23 PM

Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington

11%

Will make Transformers look like Ghandi

Apr 15 - 09:29 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

I agree, it looks much WORSE than Transformers.

Apr 16 - 04:51 AM

Michael P.

Michael Perry

not possible

Apr 16 - 08:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Hah! Mahatma Optimus!

Apr 16 - 01:05 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Best and most intelligent review of the film:

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/current-movie-reviews/battleship-lockout.php

Apr 18 - 01:45 AM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

26%

Apr 15 - 09:39 PM

Ken

Kenneth W.

...well, there can't be too much debate here, can there?

Apr 15 - 10:10 PM

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