Battle in Seattle Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
October 17, 2008
The issue deserves a better sounding board than this.
October 17, 2008
There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
The film's default position is to always fall back on anti-capitalist rhetoric whenever dialogue and drama grow too banal.
September 26, 2008
The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.
September 25, 2008
Sorely missing is a feeling of immediacy or urgency, undercut by bad dialogue and eye-rolling coincidence.
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
September 23, 2008
An unremarkable and often dull writing and directorial debut.
September 19, 2008
So measured and fair-minded that all the drama gets sucked out of it.
September 19, 2008
The characters in Battle in Seattle are often crudely drawn, and the able actors struggle with canned lines.
September 19, 2008
For all its speeches and scary graphics, Townsend's script fails to make it clear why we should care today.
September 19, 2008
Less notable is the soap-ish plot, which leans heavily on coincidence and melodrama.
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