Battle in Heaven
Battle in Heaven (2006)

In Battle in Heaven (AKA Batalla en el Cielo), director Carlos Reygadas' searing look at the inherent hypocrisies of Mexico's social structure, Marcos Hernandez is Marcos, an overweight, poverty-stricken chauffeur who longs for a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it tries to be provocative, Battle in Heaven is lethargic and mind-numbing.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Since premiering at Cannes the movie has become notorious for its shocking, emphatically unerotic sex scenes, though it's equally notable for its striking visual conceits and small moments of intense feeling.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Art with a capital A. Don't be afraid. OK, be a little afraid.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Despite the unpleasant looking sex, there is something about these scenes that is strangely moving.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Insufferably arty, polemic and winkingly provocative.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

If you dare to see it, prepare for a challenge.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The pic's strangeness becomes its strength.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

Reygadas' gift for imagery is undeniable, but for most viewers, Battle in Heaven will offer not enlightenment but frustration.

Frédéric Bonnaud
Film Comment Magazine

But how can you resist a filmmaker who uses an old Spanish saeta as if it was an unpublished Ennio Morricone theme? Is real beauty ever pure?

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
First movie made to date starring robots disguised as humans. Thus, explaining the lack of anything that remotely looks like a human emotion, or normal human… More
Mark Abell
A very strange film, with very little action, taking place over just a few days. Long takes in which the camera pans about the scene while the action continues,… More
Ross Collins
Ugly fat guy sleeps with prostitute in graphic sex scene. Slow, plot-less, with characters you couldn't care less about let alone identify with.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Battle in Heaven" takes place in Mexico City where Marcos(Marcos Hernandez) works security and as a chaffeur for a… More
Antony Stubbs
I was quite disappointed by this, expecting a Breillat-style examination of raw sexuality. Though the movie has developed a notorious reputation for it's… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>Battle In Heaven</i> may well have some powerful, 'incendiary' imagery, but there is simply nothing of substance here. Carlos Reygadas… More

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