Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. LaBeouf's got the beef, and his inevitably bright future may be the only reason anyone will ever look back on The Battle of Shaker Heights.
  2. The best thing that can be said about this lethargic coming-of-age tale, noticeably undernourished at 78 minutes, is that it's better than the even more pathetic "Stolen Summer."
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Although Erica Beeney's script beat out more than 7,000 entries, the screen version dulls her potentially distinctive voice with deadly doses of sentimentality.
  4. Goes down fighting, but it goes down just the same.
  5. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    Dispiriting mess. The movie is bad in a boring way: tepidly paced, disjointed and lacking any emotional hook.
  6. 20
    May lead to a new axiom: success has many fathers, but failure has "Project Greenlight."
  7. Brain-numbingly innocuous, cliche-soused melodrama.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    If you had watched season two of Project Greenlight in making The Battle of Shaker's Height, then you're definitely going to see the many flaws within this film. Some of the performances were convincing like Amy and Shia's roles, but overall the film felt clunky and completely boring. This was a pretty forgettable movie and it's a shame that an original plot like this had to turn into a TV quality like movie. Full Review »