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Alita: Battle Angel Reviews

Top Critic
February 16, 2019
It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious.
February 15, 2019
I loved watching this sci-fi spectacle's moving parts. I just couldn't get past its brain.
February 15, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 14, 2019
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
February 14, 2019
Alita too often feels thin, despite a surfeit of heavy-hitting talent.
February 14, 2019
It's more of a scavenger hunt than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 14, 2019
Ultimately, "Alita" seeks to create a semi-immersive experience (the 3D is impressive), but in the process plays like more like a video game than a movie, which is fine for about all of 10 minutes.
February 14, 2019
The visual bonanza cooked up by Rodriguez, cinematographer Bill Pope and editors Stephen E. Rivkin and Ian Silverstein is enough to power through any narrative bumps with quickly paced action and bleak, yet colorful, imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 14, 2019
True to its origins, Alita is a living cartoon of a film, which only makes its ridiculousness easier to absorb.
February 13, 2019
Screenwriter James Cameron and director Robert Rodriquez's long-in-the-making adaptation of a popular manga feels wobbly, worked-over and way past its sell-by date. It looks ready to rock, but there's no life left in the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 13, 2019
Rather than explore complex issues and troubling experiences by way of sci-fi future-historical fantasy, Battle Angel debases them-and its exemplary character-under the force of a blinkered and reactionary model.
February 13, 2019
For all of Alita's she-Pinocchio charm - and her Cameronian estrogen-charged badass-itude - she can't quite carry the audience all the way across that pesky uncanny valley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 13, 2019
Watching "Alita: Battle Angel," the eye-popping, groundbreaking, visually dazzling stunner from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron, you can feel the ground beneath you shifting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 13, 2019
"Alita" is just pretty. And pretty horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 13, 2019
It's a whole lot of silly, which is why it's even more disappointing that the plot is so rote, a hodgepodge of overfamiliar subplots that culminates in a purposefully unsatisfying ending that's optimistically angling for a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 12, 2019
The results are what one might expect from two nerd gods of filmmaking: a visually stunning computer-generated heroine, impressive futuristic world-building, and some seriously neat action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2019
A pileup of clichés in service to technological whiz-bangery, "Alita" is one more story of the not quite human brought to life with hubris and bleeding-edge science.
February 12, 2019
Without a follow-up, the character's story will be left incomplete - another example of filmmakers whose hubris about the inevitability of sequels will likely leave fans high and dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2019
The film crams in so many plot lines that it risks being overstuffed but somehow stays true to its mesmerizing vision and emerges as a sci-fi success, if not a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2019
[I]t's hard to follow where this movie goes, in no small part because the film itself has trouble finding a path.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 11, 2019
[A]n action-heavy saga of self-discovery, filled with numerous violent tussles between Alita and all manner of evildoers, that shares screen time with a sweet, sentimental love story that could have leapt from the pages of "All True Romance" comics.
February 11, 2019
With tonal inconsistencies and poorly written characters, any awe inspired by "Alita: Battle Angel" is replaced with a profound sense of confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2019
[T]aken on its own terms, the commingling of writer-producer James Cameron's monster-budget technowizardry and director Robert Rodriguez's B-movie sensibilities doesn't amount to a heck of a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2019
"Alita" is an action movie, and some of that is who-cares. But the bigger thing about this film is that it makes us think about humanness, what it means, what it is, and what it might be in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2019
A mishmash of many old sci-fi ideas, made watchable by energetic directing from Robert Rodriguez.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 1, 2019
The movie is body horror, body action, and body romance, all Frankensteined together-and a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 1, 2019
Their chutzpah is admirable, but perhaps, on this occasion, a little misplaced.
February 1, 2019
A better version of this movie would've kept its mind on the game. Better title: Rollerblade Runner.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 1, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel is an engaging piece of thoroughly computer-generated action pop, hokey and amiable and filled with enough set pieces to never drag.
January 31, 2019
A sci-fi epic that does something rare in an age of endless adaptations and reboots: lives up to its potential while leaving you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
January 31, 2019
A pretty zappy effects showcase, weighed down by a protracted, soul-challenged Frankenstory that short-circuits every time it gets moving.
January 31, 2019
It's a rare thing to say about a James Cameron project, but you come out feeling like you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 31, 2019
Her sunny disposition is refreshingly unusual in this type of sci-fi, but her lackadaisical attitude towards her past life does sap the narrative of its urgency. If she doesn't care who she used to be, then why should we?
January 31, 2019
It doesn't have the grownup, challenging, complicated ideas of Ghost in the Shell. A vanilla dystopian romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5