'Battleship' Critic Reviews

72%
MovieWeb:   14 reviews
34%
Rotten Tomatoes:   211 reviews
  • Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press
    10
    There's nothing about Battleship that doesn't feel like the conclusion of a hundred lengthy focus group discussions.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    60
    Over-the-top sci-fi action with great special effects.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
    17
    "What's the difference between a battleship and a destroyer?" asks a starstruck boy upon meeting a U.S. Navy hero-to-be in Battleship. The smart answer would be "one peg hole".... The sailor says something else because Battleship isn't a smart movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    70
    It's a multi-layer cake frosted with Rihanna pointing big guns at giant space ships and letting off all her rounds while screaming "AUUUUGGGHHH!"
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  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    13
    Taylor Kitsch might be trying to fire his agent as we speak.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrea Chase Killer Movie Reviews
    60
    the film adds space invaders to the traditional maritime conflict, yet never forgets its humble roots as a board game played with pegs and increasingly educated guesses
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Meyers Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    34
    ...more than two hours of high-priced explosion porn that piles on its chest-thumping "America, f&%k yeah!" machismo with a brazenness that makes Top Gun seem Merchant-and-Ivory quaint.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Paras E! Online
    67
    Battleship is an alien invasion flick with too earnest dialogue and ear-splitting explosions. Yet, everything works: the special effects, the performances, the breakneck pace.
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  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    34
    "Battleship" is a loud and booming-blow-'em-up movie made for a 12-year-old target audience. Adults should sit this one out - that is, if you don't want to be exposed to a two-hour long headache.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    All hopped up on Michael Bay-brand steroids, Berg attempts to outwit his audience by playing so broadly with a painfully simple concept. It's a shame almost nothing in Battleship comes close to genuine fun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jon Niccum Kansas City Star
    25
    Saluting both the American flag and filmmaker Michael Bay, 'Battleship' rises to new heights of pandering while Erich and Jon Hoeber's screenplay sinks to depths of dopiness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Tobias AV Club
    34
    The Marines got that commercial where the recruit slays the fire-spewing lava monster, and now the Navy has its two-hour propaganda film about the glories of fighting alien invaders positioned in neat little quadrants at sea. Just try to forget it's a toy
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
    56
    Perhaps not quite as painful as you might be expecting, though probably not as enjoyable, either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Graham Killeen Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    38
    Berg does his best to emulate Michael Bay's timeless military-fetish-meets-farting-robots aesthetic, but he never succeeds at putting together an action set-piece that clicks.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    75
    A good, old-fashioned summer popcorn movie...and Rhianna is a hoot.
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  • Matt Pais RedEye
    75
    Mind-numbingly entertaining. It's great when summer blockbuster offers clever verses, but I'll settle for a killer chorus.
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  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    25
    ...dumber than a box of rocks. These filmmakers have paid no attention to physics, logic, consistency or real people.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brandon Judell CultureCatch
    If Ed Wood had a budget of a $100 million to throw around, even he might not have been able to direct a film as godawful as Battleship -- or as in poor taste.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bob Mondello NPR
    Well, it has aliens, for one thing.
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  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    17
    ...for some unknown reason Battleship tries to play like a romantic comedy - complete with a meet cute - for the first 1/3 of its overly long running time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    Just make sure you go in with low expectations of anything resembling art and you might find yourself having fun while being yanked along on this over-the-top and dumb joy ride. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike Russell Oregonian
    25
    There's almost nothing to "Battleship" beyond its grindingly dull, digitally rendered naval warfare; the flick could easily be retitled "Flying Ordinance and Forgettable Stars: The Motion Picture."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James O'Ehley Sci-Fi Movie Page
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  • Adam Fendelman HollywoodChicago.com
    80
    Despite the blockbuster mistake of allowing Rihanna to make her big-screen debut, "Battleship" succeeds where it absolutely must: It's one of the best, most entertaining popcorn flicks ever.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Gawker
    Most summer blockbusters are lumbering, exhausting exercises in endless payload delivery. "Battleship" is that rare $200 million movie with a twinkle in its eye.
    Full Review » 2 years ago