Box art for Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    35%
  • Audience Score
    48%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Violent alien invasion movie is a waste of time.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent alien invasion film is more or less a war movie in disguise, with constant fighting and shooting, explosions, death, and blood. Between the violence and the strong language (including "f--k" and many uses of "s--t"), it pushes as far as it can get with its PG-13 rating. All of that said, although the movie isn't very good, some of the characters do behave admirably and could be considered positive role models who work well together.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence, fighting, and death. Is it necessary to the story? Does it send any particular message?
  • Is the movie scary? Would it have been scarier or less scary if it had shown more of the aliens?
  • What's the appeal of alien invasion movies? Do they play on any real-life fears?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: ..the real problem with this picture, shaky-cam visuals aside... is its insistent, talky, unnecessary earnestness, which adds a good fifteen minutes of flab to the picture...

- Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

Most assuredly a candidate for the worst film ever made. But, worse than that, the most painfully boring film I have ever seen... probably. Utterly redundant on every level. So glad I never saw it at the flics - I would certainly have broken rule No. 1 of McKittrick's Law: Never walk out on a film.

- McKittrick, Sunday, October 7, 2012

1 star

Most assuredly a candidate for the worst film ever made. But, worse than that, the most painfully boring film I have ever seen... probably. Utterly redundant on every level. So glad I never saw it at the flics - I would certainly have broken rule No. 1 of McKittrick's Law: Never walk out on a film.

- McKittrick, Sunday, October 7, 2012

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] So after you've glanced at the poster, you really don't need a synopsis to explain what the film is about. So I won't go into plot details on the basis that if you consider watching this film, you probably know what to expect, if not, this movie really isn't for you. Personally I felt very skeptic at the thought of the idea of actually enjoying Battle: Los Angeles. But I actually kinda liked it. Entirely despite the fact that there is a lengthy list in my mind that argue that the film is an absolute disgrace. There are many problems with Battle LA, certainly not the least of which is that it exists, at all. Because we've seen movies like this many times before and to it's disadvantage does choose to come across as a formulaic rip-off. But essentially it is an absolute cluster of every war film and alien invasion movie pretty much ever made. Imagine Independence Day and Black Hawk Down having a lovechild, it's this movie. The editing is also flawed in various places, and the CGI special effects are sometimes very unconvincing. The direction is also pretty damn adequate and director Jonathan Liebesman should be very greatful to have the budget he has, because a lot of outstanding film makers never get close to having the money he has at his disposal here. However I was in a bad mood when I watched this film and I found it to be strangely uplifting and entertaining. Aaron Eckhart's lead performance is decent enough and unlike other diaster epic's such as Independence Day the cliche's it constantly relies on never get too cheesy, dull or boring. I've seen many full on special effects movies of the last few years i've absolutely hated, but this one is never boring all the way through. It get's too repetitive eventually but overall it is what it is, and I knew what I was going to get watching it, a movie entirely reliant on special effects. But I have to admit to enjoying it's company. To put it simply, it's better than a Michael Bay alien, robot invasion movie, but not as good as a hard-hitting Ridley Scott war epic.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, October 2, 2012