Alita: Battle Angel Reviews

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September 18, 2019
It's sort of overlong and overstuffed, but Rosa Salazar is quite good.
March 4, 2019
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.
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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.
February 15, 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
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February 15, 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.
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.
February 14, 2019
True to its origins, Alita is a living cartoon of a film, which only makes its ridiculousness easier to absorb.
February 14, 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.
February 14, 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.
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.
February 13, 2019
Despite her cartoonishly expressive features, Alita remains a construct rather than a believable person. Salazar's line readings are on the flat side, but it's hard to blame her considering what she had to work with.
February 13, 2019
"Alita" is just pretty. And pretty horrible.
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.
February 13, 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.
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.
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