The Battle of Shaker Heights - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews

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August 30, 2003
If there is a delicate story of forgiveness, friendship and family buried somewhere in Erica Beeney's script, Potelle and Rankin haven't managed to find it under the throes of empty rebellion and painless triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 29, 2003
An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2003
It's simply an indie-film aping of Hollywood teen-mongering at its ultimate worst.
August 29, 2003
It's an insufferable piffle.
August 29, 2003
It feels put together by committee -- which, apparently, it was.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 29, 2003
The movie is bad in a boring way: tepidly paced, disjointed and lacking any emotional hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 29, 2003
You get the sense of too much input, too many bright ideas, too many scenes that don't belong in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2003
It's a very minor Catcher in the Rye, featuring clever but overcooked dialogue, two-dimensional supporting roles, and a disarming generosity toward its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2003
The story is original, the direction looks professional, and Shia LaBeouf really comes through - this is definitely his movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 29, 2003
Though slight and rather frail, it's still modestly entertaining...and LaBeouf is well worth watching throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 28, 2003
As putatively quirky coming-of-age movies go, this one feels factory-tooled -- and fake.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2003
It's a nice little movie, amateurish in some expected first-time-filmmaker ways but usually competent and never a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 28, 2003
Perhaps it would've been best not to let Ben Affleck participate in judging the contest: Based on Gigli, it seems he wouldn't know a decent script from his own *******.
August 28, 2003
Without any of the dramatic transitions, we're left with a pileup of scenes, none of them very funny, and a thin, linear plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2003
The filmmakers ended up with a teen flick of Tinkertoy sensitivity in which the assorted story arcs ... are all setup and no follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 26, 2003
The characters talk like smart, unpredictable people, and Kelly Ernswiler is one of a kind.
August 26, 2003
There's a whole lot of nothing going on
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 23, 2003
The Battle at Shaker Heights, is a genuine coming of age story that is captivating because of its lead star, Shia LaBeouf.
August 23, 2003
A very nice, beautifully acted, humor-tinged coming-of-age drama.
August 22, 2003
Surprisingly sweet and smart.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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