Battle in Seattle
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Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with this ensemble film set during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle and presenting the riots that swept through the streets during the five-day conference from the perspectives of police, protestors, and city officials. A typically laid-back Northwestern city, Seattle would erupt into violence when, for five days in 1999, tens of thousands of protestors flooded the streets to voice their disapproval of the high-profile World Trade Organization conference. Among that sea of protestors are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"It sheds much needed light on a mostly forgotten event in our country's history."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer."
‑ Brandon Judell, GreenCine
"Perhaps I should just scrawl it on a placard: Battle in Seattle is an indie that deserves to stand out."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"Townsend's efforts to be honest to the spirit of the event carry the film through its sloganeering and familiar backstage dramas."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"What I think the movie failed to do was the thing it had to do most, which was explain what is the WTO and why in Stuart Townshend's opinion, is it bad."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Actor-turned writer-director Stuart Townsend makes great use of the documentary footage of the '99 Seattle WTO riots. And he gets across his talking points about this shadowy outfit, too. It's a shame his script and all his actor friends get in the way."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Battle in Seattle is a childish, ineffectively manipulative piece of self-serious agitprop about the four-day World Trade Organization meetings in 1999."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend would have been better off keeping things on a more modest scale. There are just too many characters here."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The issue deserves a better sounding board than this."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's the next best thing to being there, in that it's likely to make shuddering viewers intensely glad that they weren't."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Approaching its subject with a neat idealism and packaging its political fervor in the most facile of forms, the film boasts a cast loaded with Hollywoods both new and old and wraps its message up with eye-rolling naivete."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"This is a powerful, wrenching and impressive writing and directing debut for the talented actor, definitely now a triple showbiz threat."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"Very ambitious, the story constantly jumps back and forth, trying to give both sides of the story. I'll say it's mostly successful."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
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