The Battle of Shaker Heights - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews

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April 6, 2010
After the movie scored poorly at a test screening, Miramax vice president Rick Schwartz bullied directors Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin into playing up the comedic elements and soft-pedaling the family drama.
April 29, 2009
Suffers from a terrible script with grossly under-developed sub-plots and characters...
June 20, 2005
An above-average teen film with a witty screenplay and undeniable charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 7, 2004
All I can say is there's plenty of difficult people in Hollywood. We just aren't usually exposed to it. I think this film will speak for itself and the future of all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 24, 2004
A movie such as this can easily get by on charm, so long as we get a surprise or two from the rest of the script. Therein lies the problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 10, 2003
An unappealing melancholy sitcom dramatization.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2003
Even so flawed, it is remarkably engaging.
October 17, 2003
A movie as awkward and embarrassing as when you're 13 and your grandma sends you a birthday card with a clown on it.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 16, 2003
For most of its length it coasts by with above-average charm and a solid grasp of messy adolescent emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2003
Not especially original of concept or execution, but it's a pleasant enough script and very well acted by both youngsters LaBeouf and Henson and veterans Quinlan, Sadler and Smart.
October 3, 2003
The film is well-acted and looks good, but it's so inconsequential and bland that you wonder what was it about the script that made anyone think it would make an interesting movie.
Read More | Original Score: C-
October 3, 2003
Cinematic mush.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 6, 2003
[Potelle and Rankin] were set up to fail. And so they failed.
September 5, 2003
The movie was not great, but not Ishtar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 5, 2003
There's no emotional pay-off to The Battle of Shaker Heights, which doesn't so much end as trail off into the credits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 4, 2003
Project Greenlight's second "winner" is more like a second strike ... and not a ringing endorsement for contest-based filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 3, 2003
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
September 3, 2003
Perfectly enjoyable without being remarkable, a solid endeavor by a first-time writer and rookie directing team.
| Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2003
It's too much going on, but I think that as was the case with Stolen Summer, the actors rise above the material and make it worth seeing.
August 31, 2003
Downright enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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