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Battle in Seattle Reviews

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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
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
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2008
So measured and fair-minded that all the drama gets sucked out of it.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2008
Fictionalized drama frustrates, rather than facilitates, understanding about the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Battle to Seattle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
March 29, 2008
Watching it is like being jabbed in the belly with a police baton, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2008
The characters in Battle in Seattle are often crudely drawn, and the able actors struggle with canned lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 19, 2008
It's like a class play by the Students for a Democratic Society.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
September 23, 2008
An unremarkable and often dull writing and directorial debut.
Paul Brenner
September 18, 2008
puppet characters spout pabulum and orate to the skies
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
Townsend smothers any sense of global immediacy by covering the action with a frayed patchwork of melodramatic coincidences,
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 19, 2008
But a drama is only as convincing as its characters. The people awkwardly forced together in Battle in Seattle are rhetorical mouthpieces tied to the sketchy plotlines of a so-so Hollywood ensemble movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 19, 2008
Less notable is the soap-ish plot, which leans heavily on coincidence and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 19, 2008
For all its speeches and scary graphics, Townsend's script fails to make it clear why we should care today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 26, 2008
The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 24, 2008
Cinema verite' filmed in an unabashedly one-sided, pro-demonstrator mode, this film fails to make the grade as either hard hitting documentary or staged narrative fiction
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
January 18, 2008
What began as an insightful study of how things went so horribly wrong at this event becomes yet another saccharine drama about fighting the power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2008
... will leave you slightly better informed than two hours spent staring at a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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