Alita: Battle Angel

Critics Consensus

Alita: Battle Angel's story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.

60%

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Total Count: 306

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From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.

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  • Aug 03, 2019
    The movie is overstuffed with characters and plot. Even worse is the clumsy exposition which doesn't really build the world so much as tease sequels.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2019
    Zowie. One great looking film. And that's about it. That's everything in fact. Lump this one with all the other great looking films that ignore character, plot, story, arc, etc. In point of fact, it seemed to me to be an all-too-common money grab of a movie, selling the explosions, setting up the sequel, and screwing the fans.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2019
    James Cameron is not called a visionary filmmaker for no reason. He's brilliant. Alita: Battle Angel is a beautiful piece of filmmaking with the Cameron stamp all over it, and well directed by Robert Rodriguez. It's highly entertaining and has heart in it. Most of all, it's Christoph Waltz's fine acting that really breathes life into a CGI-fueled work. It's an excellent visual feast of another futuristic apocalyptic animated story that is well told and enjoyable. Outstanding.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2019
    I can't think of a better example of uncanny valley than this distasteful movie, with its creepy-looking protagonist full of CGI on her face - and as for the rest, the plot is a dull, convoluted mess, the characters are flat and lifeless, and the dialogue is pretty much terrible.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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