Battle in Seattle
Battle in Seattle (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well intentioned and passionate, this docu-drama about the 1999 WTO protests is heavier on politics than character development.

Leo Goldsmith

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history.

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Sean Axmaker

... a conventional drama about the unconventional protest landmark: the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Washington, a real event explored through the familiar fictional stories of various protesters, delegates and bystanders.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It sheds much needed light on a mostly forgotten event in our country's history.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

There is a monster in Battle in Seattle, but it never speaks and remains mysterious.

Brandon Judell

This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Battle in Seattle is a childish, ineffectively manipulative piece of self-serious agitprop about the four-day World Trade Organization meetings in 1999.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
I consider this movie more like documentary more than a real movie although it's based on true events. I thought this movie was intriguing but vague in… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]While "Battle in Seattle" may not exactly be in the same league as "Bloody Sunday" (using unfamiliar actors would have… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"We are still fighting the Battle"</i> Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with this… More
Sol C
I was very impressed with Stuart Townsend's directing for this film. The film had a style and look similar to films like Syriana and 21 Grams. Great… More
Khris N
A really political drama which doesn't quite delve to deeply into the politics... which I think was criticised by some, but I found it was probably better… More
John Ballantine
Something just doesn't gel here. There are some good performances but the message gets lost. More background on the role of the WTO played out on screen… More