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Battle for Brooklyn Reviews

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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
June 17, 2011
Brings us inside the lives it touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2011
Not exactly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Top Critic
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.
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+
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
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.