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Battleship Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
Once the special effects take over, Berg has little room to assert his personality (or tell a story, for that matter), and the movie feels like a chore.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 18, 2012
Battleship is substantially less awful than it could have been. And for me, that may have been the biggest disappointment of all.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2012
If the movie is anything like the game, I say stay at home and read a good book (or graphic novel). Or listen to an audiobook - In short, do anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 18, 2012
Big loud stupid dopey shameless cliched overbearing and did I mention stupid?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2012
One can be sure that heroic characters get what they want, bond with enemies, and earn respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 18, 2012
"Battleship" doesn't sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as you look on aghast.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 18, 2012
It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 18, 2012
"Battleship" is an invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 17, 2012
It's loud, it's large, it's stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
Something of an earnest, two-hour infomercial that should do wonders for naval recruiting if not civilian entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 17, 2012
This is the kind of summer movie that softens your brain tissue without even providing the endocrine burst of pleasure that would make it all worthwhile.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 17, 2012
Mostly, Battleship is a noisy, overlong and numbing military-vs.-aliens saga with laughably bad dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 17, 2012
Battleship is dopey, preposterous and unintentionally hilarious in all the wrong places, but as directed by Peter Berg, it is also energetic, fast-moving and bracing.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2012
Like "Transformers," which it rivals in relentlessness, "Battleship" comes with its own force field, a furious energy that renders criticism irrelevant.
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May 17, 2012
Well, it has aliens, for one thing.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 17, 2012
Battleship is all noise and crashing metal, sinking to the shallows of Michael Bay's Armageddon and then digging to the brain-extinction level of the Transformers trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 17, 2012
Hey, if you're Hasbro and Universal, and you've agreed to make a movie based on nothing more than brand recognition of a game, you've got to fill two hours with something.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 17, 2012
[It] has a plot as unambitious as a macaroni dinner, familiar and easy to eat and not particularly nutritious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 17, 2012
The film boasts a destroyer's wallop of visual effects, but not enough brains to fill a dinghy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 17, 2012
I was never bored. And that, sadly, makes it better than most of the other expensive and over-hyped films of its ilk.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 17, 2012
"Battleship" employs the same nonintelligent strategy as the Hasbro board game: Fire blindly at broad targets and wait for explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 17, 2012
The loudest, dumbest alien-invasion movie based on a board game since, well, ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
"Battleship" is the worst humans-fighting-aliens movie I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of humans-fighting-aliens movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Steven Snyder
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2012
More fun than a board game blockbuster has any right to be
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 17, 2012
Some guilty-pleasure cheese atop a ration of stale popcorn can't cleanse the distastefulness that "Battleship" leaves in its wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2012
As big, dumb summer movies go ... this is just another big, dumb summer movie. And one that makes you feel slightly dumber for having watched it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
May 17, 2012
Turn off your brain and enjoy. But don't forget to cover your ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 17, 2012
Berg has definitely spent his reported $200 million budget on stuff you can see. It's just all so profoundly stupid.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 17, 2012
The Marines got that commercial where the recruit slays the fire-spewing lava monster, and now the Navy has its two-hour propaganda film about the glories of fighting alien invaders positioned in neat little quadrants at sea. Just try to forget it's a toy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 17, 2012
The film eventually comes down to lots of scenes in which things get blowed up real good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 16, 2012
At one point, a hot chick in a Jeep saves the world by ramming her car into an alien thingamajig.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 16, 2012
... a big, bold blast so swaggeringly expressed and self-knowingly built that it wins you over with its sheer bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2012
Surrounding the alien rumpus, the filmmakers have built an unexpectedly sincere salute to the awesome responsibilities of today's U.S. Navy as well as to the heroic work of veterans who came before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 16, 2012
Not all of "Battleship" works. But even when you're laughing at it -- not with it -- the blockbuster remains silly fun, leaks and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2012
When did Peter Berg become Michael Bay's smarter brother?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 16, 2012
Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 15, 2012
"Battleship" is big, dumb fun that knows it's big, dumb fun and enthusiastically embraces its big, dumb, fun nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 15, 2012
Battleship, a commercial for, alternately, the military or Michael Bay's back catalog, feels sunken from an overdose of charmless grunting and computer-generated ballast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
When the F-14s came out for a triumphant flyover, I looked around the room to find the moron who was applauding only to realize that it was me.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
April 11, 2012
Impressive visual effects and Berg's epic set pieces fight against an armada of cinematic clichés and some truly awful dialogue.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
April 11, 2012
Overlong and underwritten even by the standards of summer f/x extravaganzas, this Battleship will nonetheless float with many on the strength of its boyish, eager-to-please razzle-dazzle.