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Battle in Seattle Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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-
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 15, 2008
The drama gets heavy-handed at times, but the film is a triumph, thanks to a crack cast including Connie Nielson, stunning as a TV reporter who joins her subjects in protest.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 14, 2007
While it makes no bones about where its sympathies lie, these fictional stories show a genuine fascination with the role politics plays on both sides of such confrontations and how things can spin out of control with no single person to blame.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 11, 2007
Effectively mixing original broadcast and amateur vid footage (especially during scenes of crowd panic and police brutality) with interwoven fictive strands, Townsend acquits himself well, if not outstandingly, as both writing and directing newbie.