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Battle: Los Angeles Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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3.5

Grae Drake Profile

Enlist me, baby. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Except for the relentless, jittery way that the film has been photographed, there's nothing of interest going on in it. It's all fractious guerrilla-newsreel "style" masquerading a void.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The deadening and sometimes laughable litany of shouted military-style dialogue eventually pummels into submission any hope for fresh creative angles on this well-worn format.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    You have to give director Jonathan Liebesman some points for sparing no shell casings or standing buildings to hustle us through the film's languorous two hours.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Original, it's not. Exciting, it is. This jacked-up B-movie hybrid of "Black Hawk Down" and "War of the Worlds" is a modest but crafty triumph of tension over good sense and cliche.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Violent alien invasion movie is a waste of time.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this violent alien invasion film is more or less a war movie in disguise, with constant fighting and shooting, explosions, death, and blood. Between the violence and the strong language (including "f--k" and many uses of "s--t"), it pushes as far as it can get with its PG-13 rating. All of that said, although the movie isn't very good, some of the characters do behave admirably and could be considered positive role models who work well together.

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence, fighting, and death. Is it necessary to the story? Does it send any particular message?

  • Is the movie scary? Would it have been scarier or less scary if it had shown more of the aliens?

  • What's the appeal of alien invasion movies? Do they play on any real-life fears?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Despite the movie's nonstop violence, it does promote the value of teamwork and thinking positively.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The soldiers show bravery and positive thinking, and they work together well, solving problems and eventually triumphing over the odds. Nantz is haunted by past battles and terrible mistakes he's made; his men don't trust him, but he demonstrates admirable heroism. He shows inclusiveness and empathy toward the story's civilians.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: This movie is an almost constant battle, with a plethora of guns and shooting. Many characters get shot and die, and there's a generous amount of blood. There are also grenades, missiles, and big explosions, as well as general devastation and destruction. In one graphic scene, the heroes "operate" on an alien body, looking for major organs in an attempt to figure out how to kill it.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Language is strong and frequent, pushing the boundaries of a PG-13 rating. Words include one "f--k," as well as many uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "hell," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "damn," "bastard," "oh my God," and "son of a bitch."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some billboards can be seen, including Pepsi and Panda Express.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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