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

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
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: As it lurches from Act II to Act III, "Battle: Loss Angeles" reveals itself to be a lousy movie.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, March 11, 2011

Rotten: If the talk had been surgically removed, leaving only the sights and sounds of combat, this could have been a striking, semiabstract display of aggressive energy; as it is, any viewer over twelve will go for the laughs.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, March 21, 2011

Rotten: You can't help but wish there had been a lot more heart in this Marine's story.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

Here it is kids! The first video game movie. No, not video game based movie; the first video game movie. Two hours of you running around in a deserted battlefield that was once Los Angeles fighting aliens Call of Duty style. The aliens have no personality. They're just moving targets who shoot at you so you can shoot them. Only problem is you don't get to play a movie. Someone in Hollywood saw War of the Worlds and then Black Hawk Down. Soon enough, a light went off in that person's head, who would then scream, "wouldn't it be awesome if a movie was made just like Black Hawk Down, but instead of Somalis as bad guys, we put in aliens?!" Well, here is that movie. Battle LA is every single war movie cliche thrown into one. It's central character is the disgraced war sergeant who will get a chance to redeem himself. Everyone else is cannon fodder, pawns to get blown up so the movie can show you the brutality of war. Two hours of soldiers shooting at aliens you barely see, edited together in a chaotic fashion to give you that "you are there" feel, but also so you can't tell what the hell is going on. Yaawwn. The script must have been the easiest thing to write, since every scene contains many shouts of "Move!" "Watch out!" "Keep shooting!" and the like. Also, the film's lame attempt to sympathize with the enemy comes out in one soldier's laughable statement, "they're just like us. Forced to follow orders." This two hour gunfight is supposed to be a metaphor for modern war, except how do you take that seriously when the war is against fantastical creatures like aliens. Symbolism doesn't work here, because the movie tries too hard to be super-realistic. If you want to see a film about war, watch the infinitely better Hurt Locker. Hell, go straight to the source, watch Black Hawk Down. But not Battle Los Angeles. This movie is shit.

- MovieGeek13, Monday, November 14, 2011

3 stars

Well I went in not expecting a great super movie. What I got was 2 hours of Halo :) A combination of Black Hawk Down style war movie with Halo aliens. It was a solid fun two hours. I enjoyed it. Many others will not but for me I looked past the cliched characters to just enjoy the action and the explosions. It was a fun sci-fi action ride. Go in with high expectations and you may be disappointed. Go in with your eyes on some popcorn fun and you will be delightfully surprised.

- jmanard52, Sunday, March 13, 2011

2 stars

A typical story: battle-hardened vet teaches baby blue Marines the real meaning of Semper Fi! and Hoo-rah! ... only updated as they fight the damned alien scourge in L.A. A time passer is all.

- ApeneckFletcher, Sunday, April 14, 2013