Battlefield Earth


Battlefield Earth

Critics Consensus

Ugly, campy, and poorly acted, Battlefield Earth is a stunningly misguided, aggressively bad sci-fi folly.



Total Count: 148


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When an alien race called the Psyclos turns the Earth into a mining colony, it's up to rebel hero, Johnny Goodboy, to lead a revolt and save the planet from the giant alien species.

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  • Jan 10, 2016
    Worse than its ridiculous overuse of Dutch angles, color filters and cheap special effects is how overwhelmingly illogical this dreadful piece of junk is, with such a colossal amount of plot holes and incoherences - however curious and amusing it is to observe the many ways it finds to get worse.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2015
    I rented this film to see how bad it was, because I sometimes (or a lot of times enjoy expressing my opinion on films that are good or bad. Now, most of the films that I have watched over the years were very nicely done. But, this film is atrocious. I have never seen anything this horrible in my entire life. I read about this film in a TV Guide listing films that would be playing on TV when I was a kid. I gotta tell you, this film is not entertaining, it's a waste of time (laughs). Ironically, I don't regret renting this film. I rented it out of curiosity to see how "terra-ble" it was and people were right. Here are the complaints I have about this film, poor storyline, bad acting (especially from John Travolta), weak dialogue, everything from a thousand years prior still works, overuse of Dutch angles (45 degree angles on film cameras), and it's just a bad film. If you'd like to see a good science fiction film, check out "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind", "ET", "The Thing", or the "Back To The Future" franchise, the "Terminator" films (earlier, although I didn't see them, I hear they're good), "Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders", "Marvin The Martian cartoons", or the episode of "Scooby Doo" (original series) where Scooby and the gang encounter an alien, all of which are better than this hunk of garbage. What was John Travolta thinking while this film was being made? Ugh!
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2014
    Absolutely hideous and confusing to watch. The ambitious attempt on creating another glorious saga like Stargate has failed so miserably that I wanted to literally smash the TV. How even is the entire human race regress to the state of unable to produce speech really made no sense. One of the worst science fiction films ever made, if MST3K is still running, this would definitely be in one of the episodes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2013
    The visionary science-fiction classic Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a thrilling epic from prolific novelist L. Ron Hubbard. In the year 3000 Earth has been conquered by a race of aliens called Psychlos who are strip mining the planet for its resources, but when they try to replace their workforce with humans, the humans rebel and attempt to take back the planet. John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, and Barry Pepper lead the cast and give solid performances; Travolta in particular is especially charismatic as an over-the-top villain. However, the special effects are pretty bad, as the CGI and green screen effects are quite noticeable. While there are some glaring script and production problems, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a fun and entertaining sci-fi adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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