• Released
  • June 17, 2011
  • (Limited 6/17)
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Documentary
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90

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
A documentary about the unending mess that is the Atlantic Yards project, is unabashedly slanted and as a result will probably be dismissed by those it portrays unflatteringly. That's unfortunate, because this film should be discouraging and dismaying for people on all sides of the project, for what it says about oversize expectations and missed opportunities.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The Empire State's eminent domain laws are unusually loose, but most of the rest of this story is pertinent far beyond New York. Change a few names and add the next credit bubble, and a Brooklyn-style Battle could be headed to a neighborhood near you.
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80

Time Out New York

By S. James Snyder
Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt (notably through activist Daniel Goldstein, whose eviction fight landed in the State Supreme Court) and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions. Alas, it's not much of a battle; more like "Requiem for Brooklyn."
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A gripping documentary about how unnecesary real estate development can change the soul of New York, brings us inside the lives it touches.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Tells the story of a love affair and a new family, and reminds us that even billionaires are not omnipotent.
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70

Variety

"It's un-American," Goldstein says about the abuses of power at the heart of the film, before correcting himself: "No -- you know what? It is American." That's precisely the message that Battle for Brooklyn doesn't sufficiently explore.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Battle for Brooklyn brings up larger quandaries about urban development which it doesn't begin to address.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Unfortunately for the film, it's clear from the outset this is a totally one-sided battle that well-connected developer Bruce Ratner is fated to win.
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50

Village Voice

Battle for Brooklyn provides a useful primer on the opposition to Atlantic Yards, but figures who might have made more compelling documentary subjects than the always on-message Goldstein crowd the sidelines.
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71 out of 100
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