Battlefield Earth Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 30, 2014
Logic is in short supply. Burned-out cities have electricity, for example. My favorite: A hangar full of jets, buried under 1,000 years of dust, not only fire up instantly but still have full tanks of gas.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2014
Not awful, but pretty bad. A third-string Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek, Battlefield Earth is a largely uninspiring sci-fi adventure with a Swiss-cheese plot.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 28, 2013
Not so much watched as lived through, Battlefield Earth is bad enough to make audiences ashamed to be part of the same species as the people who made it.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 28, 2013
The summer movie season has barely begun and already it has its first 10-ton turkey.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 28, 2013
With this kind of epic ineptitude -- hell, the flick is set in the year 3000 -- you go for "worst of the millennium."
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 28, 2013
One of the darkest, ugliest, most uninvolving and incomprehensible major-studio fantasies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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May 28, 2013
Here is a picture that will be hailed without controversy as the worst of its kind ever made. It could be renamed Ed Wood's Planet of the Apes if that title didn't promise more cheesy fun than the movie actually delivers.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 28, 2013
The worst movie in living memory.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 28, 2013
The director is Roger Christian, who, if early audience response is anything to go by, would do well to flee the country under an assumed name.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2013
Battlefield Earth is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 26, 2009
Pretty much the Showgirls of sci-fi shoot-'em-ups.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
January 6, 2007
This 117-minute adaptation of an 800-page SF adventure for teenagers seems like a miscalculation on multiple levels.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Travolta, it seems, had wanted to star in a film of Battlefield Earth since first reading the novel in 1982. Only the all-seeing L Ron knows why.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Ah, it ain't really that terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A truly dire and silly rehash of Planet of the Apes.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth is as relentlessly grim as it is artless, and Elia Cmiral's bombastic score also makes it painful to listen to.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
And after about 20 minutes of this amateurish picture, extinction doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
If you're the kind of sci-fi fanatic who has to see every new futuristic action movie no matter how crummy it is then of course you'll check out Battlefield Earth regardless of how many cheap jokes critics crack at its expense.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The only people this film could recruit are members of the rock band Kiss, who, with their high-heeled boots and face paint, might figure they've got a spot if this alien thing ever really came down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth saves its scariest moment for the end: a virtual guarantee that there will be a sequel.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Remarkable mainly for rendering the prospect of human extinction inconsequential.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It's generic sci-fi right down to the last detail.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth is just a lumbering, poorly photographed piece of derivative sci-fi drivel, full of grunting extras scampering around in animal pelts and more dank, trash-strewn sets than I ever care to see again.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
You don't watch it -- you survive it.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A noisy, chaotic, sloppily edited and embarrassingly banal and derivative saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth begins as retro pulp and ends up, figuratively speaking, as tons of wet cardboard.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The words 'so bad it's good' strain to make themselves heard through the film's coarse bluster and grimy din.
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Deeply dumb, depressingly derivative and just plain nonsense.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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January 1, 2000
What this movie lacks in simple logic, it makes up for in its apparent unintentional campy humor.
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Matt Crenson
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
The first few moments of the film evoke heroism and noble struggle. After that, it's Grade A drivel.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Is it worth seeing once? Sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Looking back on this film, I can't find anything nice to say about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This is florid science fiction, low-brow but energetic, complete with cheesy thrills.
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Robin Rauzi
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
In the post-apocalyptic adventure genre, Battlefield Earth makes Waterworld look like a masterpiece.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Younger, less discriminating viewers (5-year-old boys) will eat it up.
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Ted Gideonse
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Battlefield Earth is dumb.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The movie plays like an uglier, Earth-bound Star Wars, interrupted by frequent Psychlo temper tantrums.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4