Battlefield Earth
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This big-budget science fiction adventure centers on a final battle between good and evil for control of the world. In the year 3000, Earth is ruled by the Psyclos, a vicious alien race of which Terl (John Travolta) is a member, that has laid waste to the planet, killed the majority of the population, and stripped Earth of its valuable resources. Pockets of resistance remain among the surviving humans; Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler (Barry Pepper) is one such rebel, living in hiding in the mountains near Boulder, CO. Eventually, Johnny begins organizing like-minded humans for a final stand… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 2%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The summer movie season has barely begun and already it has its first 10-ton turkey."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Here is a picture that will be hailed without controversy as the worst of its kind ever made. It could be renamed Ed Wood's Planet of the Apes if that title didn't promise more cheesy fun than the movie actually delivers."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The emphasis placed on indoctrination, enslavement and superior alien intelligence brings the film troublingly close to subliminal propaganda, while the script is so banal you'd have to be brainwashed to enjoy it."
‑ Neil Smith, Radio Times
"Solid, old-fashioned rollocking adventure? You can keep telling yourself that, but you'd be better off saving the cash, going home and watching Star Wars on video again instead."
‑ , Total Film
"There's so much to mock in Battlefield Earth, it's hard to know where to start."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"With this kind of epic ineptitude -- hell, the flick is set in the year 3000 -- you go for "worst of the millennium.""
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The worst movie in living memory."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"With this journey into the heart of rubbish, this full-throttle adventure into the hyper-space of drivel, Travolta not only incinerates what is left of his own reputation, but takes someone else down with him."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Battlefield Earth is a Plan Nine From Outer Space for the new millennium."
‑ , Film4
"The film starts well with interesting comic book-style camera angles, but it never generates enough tension due to preposterous plot holes and liberal borrowings from other movies."
‑ Stephen Humphries, Christian Science Monitor
"One of the darkest, ugliest, most uninvolving and incomprehensible major-studio fantasies I've ever seen."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The director is Roger Christian, who, if early audience response is anything to go by, would do well to flee the country under an assumed name."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's incessantly loud, underlit and badly directed -- actually not so much directed as ineptly assembled, with no action sequence going unbotched."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Not so much watched as lived through, Battlefield Earth is bad enough to make audiences ashamed to be part of the same species as the people who made it."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Worst example of vanity filmmaking in years."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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