'Battle in Seattle' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
53%
Rotten Tomatoes:   63 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    It sounds like a bad TV movie, yet Stuart Townsend, the veteran actor-turned-director re-creates it all with stunning passion and skill in Battle in Seattle.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    But a drama is only as convincing as its characters. The people awkwardly forced together in Battle in Seattle are rhetorical mouthpieces tied to the sketchy plotlines of a so-so Hollywood ensemble movie.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Townsend smothers any sense of global immediacy by covering the action with a frayed patchwork of melodramatic coincidences,
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    25
    It's like a class play by the Students for a Democratic Society.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Sara Cardace New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The drama gets heavy-handed at times, but the film is a triumph, thanks to a crack cast including Connie Nielson, stunning as a TV reporter who joins her subjects in protest.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The result is not quite a documentary and not quite a drama, but interesting all the same.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    ... will leave you slightly better informed than two hours spent staring at a wall.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joshua Katzman Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    One strength is Barry Ackroyd's handheld-camera work, which deftly tracks the action but still captures the disorientation of those engulfed by the mayhem.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Effectively mixing original broadcast and amateur vid footage (especially during scenes of crowd panic and police brutality) with interwoven fictive strands, Townsend acquits himself well, if not outstandingly, as both writing and directing newbie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Less notable is the soap-ish plot, which leans heavily on coincidence and melodrama.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    Actor-turned writer-director Stuart Townsend makes great use of the documentary footage of the '99 Seattle WTO riots. And he gets across his talking points about this shadowy outfit, too. It's a shame his script and all his actor friends get in the way.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Leo Goldsmith indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Approaching its subject with a neat idealism and packaging its political fervor in the most facile of forms, the film boasts a cast loaded with Hollywoods both new and old and wraps its message up with eye-rolling naivete.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    While it makes no bones about where its sympathies lie, these fictional stories show a genuine fascination with the role politics plays on both sides of such confrontations and how things can spin out of control with no single person to blame.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It's easy to see why Townsend was attracted to this inherently dramatic situation, but the characters he's put on screen feel less like real people than like entities created to either make plot points or stand in for specific positions.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Hank Sartin Time Out
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brandon Judell GreenCine
    This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sonny Bunch Washington Times
    38
    Battle in Seattle is a childish, ineffectively manipulative piece of self-serious agitprop about the four-day World Trade Organization meetings in 1999.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Cole Abaius Film School Rejects
    84
    Perhaps I should just scrawl it on a placard: Battle in Seattle is an indie that deserves to stand out.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeff Vice Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    50
    Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend would have been better off keeping things on a more modest scale. There are just too many characters here.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Pete Hammond Hollywood.com
    60
    This is a powerful, wrenching and impressive writing and directing debut for the talented actor, definitely now a triple showbiz threat.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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