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Battleship

6/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Adventure . Action . Thriller
 

When mankind beams a radio signal into space, a reply comes from "Planet G", in the form of several alien crafts that splash down in the waters off Hawaii. Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a naval weapons officer assigned to the ship USS John Paul Jones, part of an international naval coalition which becomes the world's last hope for survival as they engage the hostile alien force of unimaginable strength. While taking on the invaders, Hopper must also try to live up to the potential his brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård) and his fiancée's father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), expect of him.

 
Actors: Jesse Plemons , Brooklyn Decker , Rihanna , Adam S. Gottbetter , Alexander Skarsgård , Taylor Kitsch , Tadanobu Asano , Liam Neeson , Gregory D. Gadson , Hamish Linklater
Directors: Peter Berg
Country: USA
Release: 2012-05-18
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Battleship is a sound vessel floating in Hollywood's oil-slick sea of "Transformers" sequels and vampire riffs.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    An invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven James Snyder

    Here's an audacious, inventive and character-driven blockbuster with some wit sprinkled in for good measure. It's fun, and filled with a surprising degree of intrigue and suspense.

    Time Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    And when the F-14s came out for a triumphant flyover, I looked around the room to find the moron who was applauding only to realize that it was me.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The nicest touch is that Battleship has an honest-to-God third act, instead of just settling for nonstop fireballs and explosions, as Bay likes to do. I don't want to spoil it for you. Let's say the Greatest Generation still has the right stuff and leave it at that.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    One of the more enjoyably terrible movies of the year.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It's no "Das Boot," but Battleship is a boatload of popcorny fun.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The movie drags on way too long, but there are things to like.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    Those looking for big, loud sci-fi action will find plenty to like here as director Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) pumps up the volume on clashing military hardware and flag-waving heroics.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Actually, the picture is perhaps not quite as painful as you might be expecting, though probably not as enjoyable, either.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    The story, by brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber, who also penned the clever, quippy, aging-assassin movie "Red," is cleverer and quippier than it has any reason to be, even if it makes not the remotest sense.

    NPR Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Proficient director Peter Berg ("Hancock") keeps the noise so deafening we can't think about how preposterous it all is.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Adam Litovitz

    Battleship has its moments, like the rare occasions when it nods to its origin: There's a nice eureka when we learn that evil alien ships can be outwitted, improbably, by plotting co-ordinates on a grid, à la your granddad's board game.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Battleship is dopey, preposterous and unintentionally hilarious in all the wrong places, but as directed by Peter Berg, it is also energetic, fast-moving and bracing.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This may sound thrilling, but it's not. Battleship plays ordinary and pedestrian because it's always been a job for hire, never anyone's passion.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Has a plot as unambitious as a macaroni dinner, familiar and easy to eat and not particularly nutritious.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Like "Transformers," which it rivals in relentlessness, Battleship comes with its own force field, a furious energy that renders criticism irrelevant.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Mostly, Battleship is a noisy, overlong and numbing military-vs.-aliens saga with laughably bad dialogue.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    Once the special effects take over, Berg has little room to assert his personality (or tell a story, for that matter), and the movie feels like a chore.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Overlong and underwritten even by the standards of summer f/x extravaganzas, this Battleship will nonetheless float with many on the strength of its boyish, eager-to-please razzle-dazzle.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Despite some promising early goofiness involving full-contact soccer and the quest for a chicken burrito, Battleship plays it regrettably straight most of the time, as if the fate of the world really might rest on how well the Navy can hurtle projectiles at alien warships. With eyes closed, the movie uncannily resembles a giant baby playing with pots and pans.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    This is the kind of summer movie that softens your brain tissue without even providing the endocrine burst of pleasure that would make it all worthwhile.

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Its shameless and nonsensical combination of ingredients finally won me over, after a fashion, when I realized that its gung-ho Navy-recruitment propaganda and retrograde gender politics shouldn't be taken any more seriously than the ZZ Top, AC/DC and Billy Squier songs on the soundtrack.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    What's the word on the film debut of Rihanna, playing a sass-mouthed petty officer? Dreadful (ella, ella).

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Misguided in the extreme. A scene in which Kitsch and co aim blindly for the broadest of targets – and miss by miles – proves painfully apt.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    If only there were more genuine rah-rah fun involved, instead of just endless, thudding, seen-it-all-before mayhem.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The script is replete with howlers. My favorite, from Kitsch, after the aliens strike: "I've got a bad feeling about this." Indeed.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    There's almost nothing to Battleship beyond its grindingly dull, digitally rendered naval warfare.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This crass and hugely dumb aliens vs. multiple earthling navies should thrill the hyperactive 10-year-old inside you. Adults, on the other hand – and especially genre-fan adults – will be bored to tears and wishing Bay (or at least Jerry Bruckheimer) had something of their own on the marquee out front.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Its endless parade of explosions, battles and general mayhem makes Michael Bay seem like Ingmar Bergman in comparison with Battleship director Peter Berg.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Two flesh-and-blood performers stand out among the machinery. One is pop singer Rhianna, looking lovely as usual despite the military gear and quite comfortable with high-powered artillery. The other is Gregory D. Gadson, an Army veteran who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    It's loud, it's large, it's stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Way to go, Battleship: Take the crassest of cynical junk, slather it in jingoism and sell it as rah-rah fun for right-wingers.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Battleship is a board game for children, so it stands to reason a film adaptation would also be aimed at kids. But did they have to gear it to really dumb kids?

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Shamelessly mimics Michael Bay's larger-than-life dialogue, sweeping cinematography, cornball romance, and military fetishism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The worst humans-fighting-aliens movie I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of humans-fighting-aliens movies.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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