Battle in Seattle Synopsis
Demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle in protest of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
His (Townsend) staging has a tumult, a multi-POV immediacy that brings to mind Paul Greengrass' "Bloody Sunday."
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What the film lacks in artistry it makes up for in commitment.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The result is not quite a documentary and not quite a drama, but interesting all the same. It uses the approach of Haskell Wexler's "Medium...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While it makes no bones about where its sympathies lie, these fictional stories show a genuine fascination with the role politics plays on...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
Is it too much to ask that the fictional scenes have at least some of the complexity and unpredictability of the real-life theater?
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San Francisco Chronicle

Getting an inside view on events is fascinating enough to carry the movie.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
In his directing debut Battle in Seattle, actor Stuart Towns end does an impressive job (on a shoestring budget) of re-creating the massive...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Near the end of the movie, Django jokes that, after the protests, people may still not know what the WTO is, but "they know it's bad."...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Well-intentioned but as earnest as a college freshman discovering campus politics.
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Good Movie...Presents A Strong Message To The People

By LinW0724
The actors were great. As a person who was in Seattle during the time of the WTO protests, I found this movie as a really realistic portrayal of what happened during those few days of protests. The...

Deserves an Oscar

By ReflectLight
No other film this year has stood out to me out as much as this little indie. It's a small budget film that feels like a big budget film at times, and the first time director has shown he's...

Important, exciting, and absorbing docudrama

By moviefanster98
A wonderful, sane, and spirited accomplishment. It is a very humane multi-protagonist drama empathetic to characters on all sides of the dispute at the WTO in '99: the protesters, the mayor, a...

Battle in Seattle and The Notion of The Personal as Political...

By TaurusFlavors
Never before have I seen a film that so clearly conveys the complex interpersonal dynamics that arguably play as large a part in mass political movements as do political platforms, statistics, famous...

Bodyslammed my mind!!

By doctordaxx2004
Ok- This movie's hot. There's gonna be a lot of buzz about it. It's masterfully directed and well acted. Tonight I saw it at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan and had the opportunity to be in...

Battle in Seattle

By judyinwash
About Marshall Law being put on the town of Seattle during the friendly WTO protest in 1999. It shows a lot of the actual footage that was taken during that event. It was as close to reality as...

Battle In Seattle

By todd s
Don't Miss it! This movie captures the intensity of this historical event and delivers a message you don't often hear in Hollywood! The actors are great-- Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson and...

I was there

By falina2
I was born and raised in Seattle. I lived there during the World Trade Center fiasco. I remember it on the news, but it certainly wasn't something that "changed a city". I'll haven't seen the...

If you liked Crash.........Better

By NewEaster
I saw this film at SXSW. Was prepared for a bore of a time and was blown away. I just found out the film is now going to be released in my area and can not wait to see it again with a group of...

Awesome Movie!

By SaraleeAnn
This was a great movie with a realistic and very compelling storyline. I grew up in Seattle and remember the WTO protests of 1999. Director Stuart Townsend does an amazing job of portraying the...

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Rated R | For for violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Political ensemble drama is provocative, preachy.
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