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  • Summary: In 2011, what where once just UFO sightings become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. (Columbia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 10, 2011
    75
    The battle in Battle: Los Angeles is grab-the-armrest tense until the last seconds.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 10, 2011
    63
    It's the sort of film that's entertaining while you're in the theater.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 9, 2011
    50
    It's a film of noble sacrifice and "good deaths" but surprisingly few chuckles.
  4. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 14, 2011
    50
    A lot more fun than bludgeoning, soul-draining follies like "Terminator Salvation" or the "Transformers" films, and, with a decisive trim, it could truly have fulfilled its brief as a bright, semi-abstract pop fantasy, at once excitable and disposable. Oddly, it did once exist in that form: in the first trailer.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 9, 2011
    40
    Mostly, this is the cinematic equivalent of a first-person shooter game, one where the Marines possess only slightly more personality than the faceless invaders.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 10, 2011
    33
    It's loud, relentless, and difficult to endure, capturing the experience of ground-level alien warfare with woeful verisimilitude.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 10, 2011
    0
    This one isn't original, or even bearable. By its thudding end, audiences may wish they could be zapped from the theater to escape the buzzing in their ears.

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  1. Negative: 52 out of 213
  1. Mar 13, 2011
    10
    Great movie!! If you like sci fi & action you should love this movie, if you don't like it you must be a critic! Their saying oh we have seen this all before..... right squads of aliens charging up the beaches in LA! Not sure I have seen that before! They have made about a million love stories but critics don't complain we had had enough of those. I was late opening night to see Star Wars in 1977 but still got a good seat because no one though it would be any good.......just saying Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    9
    People who give this movie below an 8 need to stop being pricks...its a great movie thats more than just a sci-fi thriller...its about being a marine and the pride that comes with it...Marines are out there fighting for out lives and people give them no credit...Marines Semper Fi Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    8
    A quality, and easy to enjoy sci-fi/sci-"fantasy action" film. Don't approach the movie as if it is on a pedestal, is there some "Marine Propaganda" in the film? Of course - as much as Independence Day, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan instilled a sense of American-bravado, this film does something similar...the good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad. There is no attempt to humanize the invading forces, they are attacking us, and we are defending ourselves - it's as simple as that. There isn't any crazy secret plot., it's a straight action and suspense film with a good science fantasy backdrop to the picture. The music? Any score by Brian Tyler is epic, and it does immerse you in the picture. The action style is a mix of Black Hawk Down/Cloverfield/Documentary style that tries to engage you in the action directly. There are a few epic battle shots that show the overall scenario they are facing, but not many. If you are expecting hundreds of fighter planes like Independence Day (which I loved), you don't see that in this film. This is squad based combat, following the actions of 8-12 marines...and you do get the feeling of being in the trenches with them.

    Something I loved, and the Director has mentioned trying to achieve - the aliens move as a military force. They appear to have a hierarchy, leadership, individual actions - it doesn't follow the stereotypical aliens acting as a "hive mind." They have goals, are brutal in their attacks, but function as a military unit. They don't wipe out entire cities AKA some sort of super weapon, they engage in direct combat - one of the few movies to pit Earth forces against Alien invaders on a somewhat similar scale. They have better technology, but they don't overwhelm everything - requiring plot hole trickiness for their defeat.
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  4. Mar 19, 2011
    7
    Batle la, was a fairly good movie. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It was different than other alien movies, because of the fact that most of the time you dont feel like they're fighting aliens. It looks and feels like a modern war time movie. The acting by Aaron Eckhart was great, and the marines felt the part. the story tends to get drowned out by the action at some parts, but the movie tends to keep a good balance between action, and dialogue. The visuals are stunning, and Jonathan Liebesman finally made a great movie. Over all the movie has a great feel. the movie has a ll the right components, to be a top movie of the year. But simply could not piece them all together. so i give it a seven out of ten, its an entertainig piece of work. Expand
  5. May 31, 2011
    5
    Been there, done that. As a hardcore sci-fi fanboy, I was disappointed with this film. There is nothing new here other than maybe the alien's need for water. The story unapologetically demands that it's audience gives it the benefit of the doubt on important plot elements. The action and effects are fairly good and AE gives a decent performance, but ultimately this one is just another kernel in the popcorn bag. Expand
  6. Mar 15, 2011
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A tolerable war flick. While it gets all the military ins-and-outs right, and the setup is enough to pique interest, the excessive shaky-cam and lame script from the invasion point onwards is enough to drive one insane. Shaky-cam during idle office scenes? Really? Shaky-cam during slow, tension-building scenes? Double-really?

    The movie disappoints on multiple levels. The aliens are never explained in depth at all (hive command structure, they want our water, shoot an organ in their chest to kill them...that's it), the firefights are extremely same-ey (oh look, they've been ambushed, pinned down, and surrounded...again), the alien drones -- in their conveniently humanoid form -- are so obviously motion-captured it's counter-immersive, and the fates of characters are so predictable from their introductions it's laughable. (Inexperienced junior officer just out of academy...check. Timid shy Marine who immediately gets separated...check. Army extras who valiantly fulfill their role as red-shirts...check.)

    One of the few redeeming qualities of this film is, unsurprisingly, Eckhart's performance as Nantz. If he didn't convince you as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, then he will here: A sign of a truly capable actor, he belts out an incredibly campy and cliche speech 2/3rds of the way in with all the steely grit of a true hero of the industry -- that is, one willing to endure jobs such as this so that he might move on to bigger and better projects.

    Entertaining? Yes. Good? By no means.
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  7. Jul 10, 2011
    0
    It boggles my mind that people give this drivel positive reviews. This movie is completely uninteresting and BORING. Oh but what about the special effects and the action? Sci- Fi channel grade at best. Not worth the dollar to rent from red box Expand

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