The Battle of Shaker Heights - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews

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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 22, 2003
... the film wishes it were as eccentric as Rushmore, ... but the dubious whimsy, devoid of any directorial voice, plays more like a very special episode of Dawson's Creek.
Full Review | 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
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
August 29, 2003
It's an insufferable piffle.
October 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
April 29, 2009
Suffers from a terrible script with grossly under-developed sub-plots and characters...
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
September 6, 2003
[Potelle and Rankin] were set up to fail. And so they failed.
December 10, 2003
An unappealing melancholy sitcom dramatization.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 21, 2003
A Project Greenlight winner, which probably says mouthfuls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2003
The drab comic melodrama The Battle of Shaker Heights may lead to a new axiom: success has many fathers, but failure has Project Greenlight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2003
Directors Potelle and Rankin lack the skill to integrate the sometimes drastic shifts between comedy and drama -- and the serious portions ultimately get short shrift, apparently at the behest of Miramax's marketing executives.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 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
It's simply an indie-film aping of Hollywood teen-mongering at its ultimate worst.
August 29, 2003
An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2003
Cinematic mush.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 3, 2003
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
September 5, 2003
The movie was not great, but not Ishtar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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