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Battle in Seattle Reviews

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Brandon Judell
GreenCine
July 29, 2011
This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Battle in Seattle is a childish, ineffectively manipulative piece of self-serious agitprop about the four-day World Trade Organization meetings in 1999.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Approaching its subject with a neat idealism and packaging its political fervor in the most facile of forms, the film boasts a cast loaded with Hollywoods both new and old and wraps its message up with eye-rolling naivete.
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
Perhaps I should just scrawl it on a placard: Battle in Seattle is an indie that deserves to stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 4, 2008
Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend would have been better off keeping things on a more modest scale. There are just too many characters here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
This is a powerful, wrenching and impressive writing and directing debut for the talented actor, definitely now a triple showbiz threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 6, 2008
It sheds much needed light on a mostly forgotten event in our country's history.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 6, 2008
What I think the movie failed to do was the thing it had to do most, which was explain what is the WTO and why in Stuart Townshend's opinion, is it bad.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2008
Townsend's efforts to be honest to the spirit of the event carry the film through its sloganeering and familiar backstage dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 17, 2008
If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 17, 2008
The issue deserves a better sounding board than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 17, 2008
There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2008
Actor-turned writer-director Stuart Townsend makes great use of the documentary footage of the '99 Seattle WTO riots. And he gets across his talking points about this shadowy outfit, too. It's a shame his script and all his actor friends get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 8, 2008
Very ambitious, the story constantly jumps back and forth, trying to give both sides of the story. I'll say it's mostly successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
October 2, 2008
Braiding brief snippets of these automatically suspenseful storylines with archival video footage of the actual event, Townsend makes a good point that the thing just got away from all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 30, 2008
Most inspiring in its throwaway moments, the flick mistakenly thinks we give a damn about an irritating romance when it would be better served by facts, outrage, and complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2008
It's the next best thing to being there, in that it's likely to make shuddering viewers intensely glad that they weren't.
| Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
It's easy to see why Townsend was attracted to this inherently dramatic situation, but the characters he's put on screen feel less like real people than like entities created to either make plot points or stand in for specific positions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 26, 2008
The film's default position is to always fall back on anti-capitalist rhetoric whenever dialogue and drama grow too banal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2008
One strength is Barry Ackroyd's handheld-camera work, which deftly tracks the action but still captures the disorientation of those engulfed by the mayhem.
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