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Battle for Brooklyn Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
Battle for Brooklyn earns its epic-sounding title, building, block by block, a sturdy, gritty little film about the impassioned fight to ensure development's directed by the local people and for the local people, not by a few overlords above all.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 9, 2012
'A movie with a narrative' woven along a personal thread, Battle for Brooklyn squeezes drama even out of that person's repeatedly clicking a monitor 'refresh.'
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 23, 2011
It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
November 23, 2011
Battle For Brooklyn is a telling snapshot of (offscreen) political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2011
Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 6, 2011
Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
August 24, 2011
A powerful and surprisingly moving film about an important and little-reflected-upon topic; a telling snapshot of political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Variety
June 22, 2011
A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start.
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
June 22, 2011
If you're a New Yorker, it's a mesmerizing story and for the most part Battle For Brooklyn, provides an engrossing history lesson on this controversial project.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 19, 2011
Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 17, 2011
Despite what other critics have said here, the movie allows the developers equal time. Of course, they hoist themselves on their own petards which you would expect. Anyhow, this is must-seeing for those concerned about the stranglehold of the rich on NY.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 17, 2011
Brings us inside the lives it touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 17, 2011
Not exactly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
June 16, 2011
This film should be discouraging and dismaying for people on all sides of the project, for what it says about oversize expectations and missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 16, 2011
The Empire State's eminent domain laws are unusually loose, but most of the rest of this story is pertinent far beyond New York. Change a few names and add the next credit bubble, and a Brooklyn-style Battle could be headed to a neighborhood near you.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 16, 2011
Most viewers should find the documentary Battle For Brooklyn gripping and provocative, no matter their opinions about eminent domain, historic preservation, or public dollars going to support private development.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
June 15, 2011
Nothing propels a documentary like injustice, and Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's infuriating chronicle of an outer-borough David-versus-Goliath saga plays like a marathon of inequity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
Battle for Brooklyn provides a useful primer on the opposition to Atlantic Yards, but figures who might have made more compelling documentary subjects than the always on-message Goldstein crowd the sidelines.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2011
Although Battle for Brooklyn gives voice to the project's supporters, there's little doubt which side Galinsky and Hawley are on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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