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Alita: Battle Angel (12A)

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action

Sci-fi fantasy action drama in which a disembodied cyborg with no memory receives a new body and tries to discover who she really is.

The critical consensus

An extremely charming adventure epic powered by a superb lead performance.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 31/01/2019

Rosa Salazar stars as a cyborg killing machine brought back to life in Robert Rodriguez’s oddly tame postapocalyptic future.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 31/01/2019

It's perfectly serviceable huge screen escapism, but is so full of visual effects that actors risk seeming redundant.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 01/02/2019

Impressive VFX and bursts of action can’t mask the fact that this is a tonally confused start for a sci-fi franchise hopeful, made up of scrap parts you’ve seen put to better use elsewhere.

**(*)(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 01/02/2019

Best enjoyed for the fun, slick action and the astonishing, super-expressive realisation of Alita herself, because elsewhere it’s cyberpunk business as usual, marred by some sloppy plotting.

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 31/01/2019

There's something of a YA adventure about it all, and maybe that demographic is where the film will find its biggest audience. But even if her journey lacks substance, Alita herself makes a truly splendid adolescent action heroine.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 04/02/2019

Sadly, whatever appeal a live-action manga film might once have had has been rendered obsolete by two decades of Matrix rip-offs that have more to offer than this derivative teen fantasy.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2019

Features about Alita: Battle Angel (12A)

The eyes! The eyes! Why does Alita: Battle Angel look so creepy?

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 01/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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