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Battleship (12A)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

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The critical consensus

By the time the inevitable flag-waving victory rolls around (at well past the two-hour mark), it’s more a case of bored games than board games.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/04/2012

Strangely, subversively, thrillingly awful. But also short and simple.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 11/04/2012

Misguided in the extreme. A scene in which Kitsch and co aim blindly for the broadest of targets – and miss by miles – proves painfully apt.

**(*)(*)(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 11/04/2012

By adhering to blockbuster conventions, the director has missed an opportunity to genuinely freshen up the genre.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 11/04/2012

Berg keeps the action coming and his tongue firmly in his cheek. The summer blockbuster season starts here.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 12/04/2012

More coherence and tension would have helped and stupidity reigns but Battleship does not, as expected, go down with all hands.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 12/04/2012

Something this asinine is still capable of being enjoyed as a big, bad demolition derby — it’s the kind of flick that would earn ironic cheers if you could hear a single thing above the din.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 12/04/2012

If you found Transformers just a touch too subtle, this is the film for you. It might still be for you even if you didn't: there's something of the big dumb puppy to Battleship, whose risible tricks unite the crowd in indulgent giggles.

**(*)(*)(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 12/04/2012

I was silently cheering on the aliens and wondering when on Earth the agony would end.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 13/04/2012

A film that consistently defies belief, logic, common sense.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 13/04/2012

Like the very best junk food, Battleship has no nutritional value whatsoever, but goes down easy – I just hope the film is meant to be a send-up.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 13/04/2012

If you really have to make a noisy, cheesy, militaristic alien invasion movie, then this is how it should be done.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 15/04/2012

Long, loud, ludicrous, mindlessly enjoyable.

Philip French, The Observer, 15/04/2012

Features about Battleship (12A)

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Alison Rowat, The Herald, 05/04/2012

Battleship (12A)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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