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Battle in Seattle Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2016
... a conventional drama about the unconventional protest landmark: the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Washington, a real event explored through the familiar fictional stories of various protesters, delegates and bystanders.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
July 29, 2011
This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.
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-
Pete Hammond
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.
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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-
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 25, 2008
The result is not quite a documentary and not quite a drama, but interesting all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
It sounds like a bad TV movie, yet Stuart Townsend, the veteran actor-turned-director re-creates it all with stunning passion and skill in Battle in Seattle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Prairie Miller
September 22, 2008
In the continued acceleration of doc and drama cross-breeding, the movie is adept at fleshing out opposing points of view leading to a city under siege, but setting the stage for a tad too impartial percolating political passions.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 19, 2008
What the film lacks in artistry it makes up for in commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
September 19, 2008
Boiled down to its minerals, Battle in Seattle feels a lot more like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) than a thorough examination of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
September 18, 2008
Political ensemble drama is provocative, preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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