Battle for Brooklyn
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Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein whose apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he can't accept that the government should use the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Battle for Brooklyn earns its epic-sounding title, building, block by block, a sturdy, gritty little film about the impassioned fight to ensure development's directed by the local people and for the local people, not by a few overlords above all."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Battle For Brooklyn is a telling snapshot of (offscreen) political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Despite what other critics have said here, the movie allows the developers equal time. Of course, they hoist themselves on their own petards which you would expect. Anyhow, this is must-seeing for those concerned about the stranglehold of the rich on NY."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Brings us inside the lives it touches."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"'A movie with a narrative' woven along a personal thread, Battle for Brooklyn squeezes drama even out of that person's repeatedly clicking a monitor 'refresh.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A powerful and surprisingly moving film about an important and little-reflected-upon topic; a telling snapshot of political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Although Battle for Brooklyn gives voice to the project's supporters, there's little doubt which side Galinsky and Hawley are on."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Not exactly inspiring."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"If you're a New Yorker, it's a mesmerizing story and for the most part Battle For Brooklyn, provides an engrossing history lesson on this controversial project."
‑ Neil Rosen, NY1-TV
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