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The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 3, 2003
Cinematic mush.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 29, 2003
An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 29, 2003
It's simply an indie-film aping of Hollywood teen-mongering at its ultimate worst.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 29, 2003
It's an insufferable piffle.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 29, 2003
It feels put together by committee -- which, apparently, it was.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 28, 2003
As putatively quirky coming-of-age movies go, this one feels factory-tooled -- and fake.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 26, 2003
The characters talk like smart, unpredictable people, and Kelly Ernswiler is one of a kind.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2003
Surprisingly sweet and smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
August 22, 2003
The half an idea in Erica Beeney's script is reduced by another half through the disjointed directing of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2003
It makes one wonder if the creators of Project Greenlight are deliberately trying to create bad films in order to make for better television.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2003
A feeble retread of adolescent cliches that wastes your time as much as anything else.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 21, 2003
A Project Greenlight winner, which probably says mouthfuls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
August 20, 2003
The fruit of the HBO 'reality' series' second season, while decidedly green, at least isn't mealy or tasteless.