Battle in Heaven

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Though it tries to be provocative, Battle in Heaven is lethargic and mind-numbing.

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A man (Marcos Hernández) struggles with his conscience after the baby he and his wife kidnapped accidentally dies.

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Critic Reviews for Battle in Heaven

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (31)

Audience Reviews for Battle in Heaven

  • Nov 28, 2011
    If there's something true about Reygadas, is that he's got enormous balls. He does not give a f*ck about the opinions of immature, soulless and superficial people stating that his films are tedious, empty and pretentious attempts of moviemaking. Also, he challenges our preconceptions of the terms "beauty" and "blasphemy". Rather than criticizing the religiose customs of Mexico (I've walked over the majority of the filming locations of <i>Batalla en el Cielo</i> and seen the shown truths here with my own eyes), he states the futility of them. Still, my only complaints are the performances and a couple of unnecessary shots. Seriously, Reygadas has acquired ten times more the hatred Owe Boll has, especially by Mexican audiences. I'm not proud about the national cinema industry, and what it hurts the most is that so scarce support towards the industry has molded the shameful mentality of audiences nationwide. About foreign viewers, this type of superior cinema simply goes beyond their mental capacities... Ha ha ha!!! 96/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2011
    A very strange film, with very little action, taking place over just a few days. Long takes in which the camera pans about the scene while the action continues, often off-camera, lent a certain style to the film. However, the motivation for some of the action was entirely missing, as was any sign of emotion from the actors. What happens is fairly clear. Why those things occurred is still a bit of a mystery. Yet for all of its shortcomings, this still proved to be quite interesting.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2008
    Whenever a director defies rules,criticism rises.Reygadas isn't yet a big art-house name.He dares and no matter how sour his anti-Catholic story may seem,the fact he chooses to show ugliness in an enticing way,should we assume ugliness is a universal term by the "civilized" people,proves he's a director with guts and focus!
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    First movie made to date starring robots disguised as humans. Thus, explaining the lack of anything that remotely looks like a human emotion, or normal human behaviour, in this film. Anyway, Reygadas can't trick me with his smoke curtains, the man wanted to film fat people screwing. If you need more proof of the type of cinematic wanker this guy is, he's selling himself like a sort of Tarkovsky meets Breson. Seriously, nobody in his right mind will say they "enjoyed" this unless they're just trying to impress some pseudo-intelectual hot chick at some bar.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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