Battle in Seattle Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Townsend smothers any sense of global immediacy by covering the action with a frayed patchwork of melodramatic coincidences,

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • It's like a class play by the Students for a Democratic Society.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Sara Cardace — New York Magazine

  • The result is not quite a documentary and not quite a drama, but interesting all the same.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • ... will leave you slightly better informed than two hours spent staring at a wall.

    Colin Covert — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Joshua Katzman — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • Less notable is the soap-ish plot, which leans heavily on coincidence and melodrama.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Leo Goldsmith — indieWIRE

  • There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • 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.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

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    Mark Holcomb — Time Out

  • This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.

    Brandon Judell — GreenCine

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