The Battle of Shaker Heights
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

The Battle of Shaker Heights is directed by the team of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin. Kelly Ernswiler (Shia LaBeouf) is a quirky 17-year-old whose greatest passion is reenacting battles from World War II. After meeting Bart Bowland (Elden… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: LaBeouf is appealing, but The Battle of Shaker Heights feels too watered down and disjointed.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

After the movie scored poorly at a test screening, Miramax vice president Rick Schwartz bullied directors Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin into playing up the comedic elements and soft-pedaling the family drama.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Cinematic mush.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Suffers from a terrible script with grossly under-developed sub-plots and characters...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

For most of its length it coasts by with above-average charm and a solid grasp of messy adolescent emotions.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's too much going on, but I think that as was the case with Stolen Summer, the actors rise above the material and make it worth seeing.

Bill Clark

An above-average teen film with a witty screenplay and undeniable charm.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The film is well-acted and looks good, but it's so inconsequential and bland that you wonder what was it about the script that made anyone think it would make an interesting movie.

Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie.

Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

All I can say is there's plenty of difficult people in Hollywood. We just aren't usually exposed to it. I think this film will speak for itself and the future of all involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Elden Henson, Amy Smart, Billy Kay, Kathleen Quinlan, William Sadler, Shiri Appleby, Ray Wise, Anson Mount Director: Efram Potelle, Kyle… More
Nate Zoebl
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KJ Proulx
The Battle of Shaker Heights may be a simple movie, but it does that in the best way possible. It brings together a great cast of characters in this low-budget,… More
Stephen Skudlarek
Pretty dumb, though kind of interesting. I like the military reenactment angle for a comedy, but they don't really use it to their advantage much to truly… More
Conner Rainwater
For it being a very small indie with essentially no reason for people to go see it other than it won Project Greenlight, it is a great movie. Shia LaBeouf… More
Marion Ravenwood
The only reason to watch this film is for LaBeouf, the only person in the film you will care about. It felt to me like Smart didn't know how to portray her… More