Alita: Battle Angel

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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.

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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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  • It suffers because like most of the Cameron stories, its not a deep story and unfortunately the special effects are really strong, but they are not revolutionary.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious.

    Feb 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Sam Adams

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • I loved watching this sci-fi spectacle's moving parts. I just couldn't get past its brain.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Basically, we're talking about a lot of human heads doing a lot of insulting and quipping and grunting and groaning while atop all manner of fighting cyborg bodies

    Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Alita too often feels thin, despite a surfeit of heavy-hitting talent.

    Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

    Chris Klimek

    NPR
    Top Critic

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