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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) Collapse
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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 209
  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. Apr 11, 2011
    10
    WELL another world invasion movie, so i thought, it was intertaining and i likeed it, and so did my girlfriend. which was a real surprise to me. The movie had a good cast and a lot of gun fights. And well evertything works out at the end as usual. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2011
    8
    I waited and bought the blu-ray because the reviews were so poor when it was in the theaters, fortunately the movie was much better than critics reviews. The special effects and sound were excellent, lots of well made, intense action sequences, mostly ground troops vs alien battles. The battle sequences are very reminiscent of the type seen in Saving private Ryan or Band of Brothers except the enemies are aliens instead of nazi's. A very fast pace from beginning to the end. The only real let down for me was the beginning because it could have been so much better, very little time was devoted to the aliens landing on earth and being seen for the first time, within minutes of the start of the film, Los Angeles is almost decimated, aliens ae briefly seen on a fuzzy tv news report marching and you are thrown into the action with almost no build up. I would have liked to have seen the aliens emerge after some erie and/or creepy start. After the first 15 minutes the characters start to develop. Definitely not a 10 but a solid 8. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2011
    7
    7/10.

    If you're looking for a War movie and enjoy war movies then Battle: LA will not disappoint. Lots of surprises but the dialogs are
    just really bad. I would've given this a 9. Expand
  5. drm
    Mar 25, 2011
    5
    Do you remember that Marines commercial where the lava monster tries to attack the cadet? This is the 2 hour version of that. Now, I love the military, and that wasn't the real problem with the film. In fact, I'm sure that helped this movie out heaps, by providing some very realistic combat sequences. The real problems here are abuse of cliché, drunken camera work, clunky dialog, and blurry fudgey effects. For an alien movie, you barely get to see any of them. Sure they're firing all sorts of weapons everywhere, but they are rarely seen, badly designed, and poorly developed. Did I have fun watching it? Yes. Do I ever need to see it again? No. 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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