Battle for Brooklyn
Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Brings us inside the lives it touches.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'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.'

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John Anderson

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.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Not exactly inspiring.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Although we follow the point of view of those who oppose a development which arguably would provide new opportunities for Brooklyn residents, the viewer remains… More