Once the special effects take over, Berg has little room to assert his personality (or tell a story, for that matter), and the movie feels like a chore.
-Ben SachsFull Review
Battleship is substantially less awful than it could have been. And for me, that may have been the biggest disappointment of all.
-Christopher OrrFull Review
If the movie is anything like the game, I say stay at home and read a good book (or graphic novel). Or listen to an audiobook - In short, do anything else.
-Peter RainerFull Review
Big loud stupid dopey shameless cliched overbearing and did I mention stupid?
-Richard RoeperFull Review
One can be sure that heroic characters get what they want, bond with enemies, and earn respect.
-Adam LitovitzFull Review
"Battleship" doesn't sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as you look on aghast.
-Tom LongFull Review
It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
"Battleship" is an invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
It's loud, it's large, it's stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Something of an earnest, two-hour infomercial that should do wonders for naval recruiting if not civilian entertainment.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
This is the kind of summer movie that softens your brain tissue without even providing the endocrine burst of pleasure that would make it all worthwhile.
-Dana StevensFull Review
Mostly, Battleship is a noisy, overlong and numbing military-vs.-aliens saga with laughably bad dialogue.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Battleship is dopey, preposterous and unintentionally hilarious in all the wrong places, but as directed by Peter Berg, it is also energetic, fast-moving and bracing.
-Rex ReedFull Review
Like "Transformers," which it rivals in relentlessness, "Battleship" comes with its own force field, a furious energy that renders criticism irrelevant.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
Well, it has aliens, for one thing.
-Bob MondelloFull Review
Battleship is all noise and crashing metal, sinking to the shallows of Michael Bay's Armageddon and then digging to the brain-extinction level of the Transformers trilogy.
-Peter TraversFull Review
Hey, if you're Hasbro and Universal, and you've agreed to make a movie based on nothing more than brand recognition of a game, you've got to fill two hours with something.
-Tom RussoFull Review
[It] has a plot as unambitious as a macaroni dinner, familiar and easy to eat and not particularly nutritious.
-Neil GenzlingerFull Review
The film boasts a destroyer's wallop of visual effects, but not enough brains to fill a dinghy.
-Colin CovertFull Review
"Battleship" employs the same nonintelligent strategy as the Hasbro board game: Fire blindly at broad targets and wait for explosions.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
The loudest, dumbest alien-invasion movie based on a board game since, well, ever.
-Linda BarnardFull Review
"Battleship" is the worst humans-fighting-aliens movie I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of humans-fighting-aliens movies.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
More fun than a board game blockbuster has any right to be
-Steven SnyderFull Review
As big, dumb summer movies go ... this is just another big, dumb summer movie. And one that makes you feel slightly dumber for having watched it.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Turn off your brain and enjoy. But don't forget to cover your ears.
-Soren AndersonFull Review
Berg has definitely spent his reported $200 million budget on stuff you can see. It's just all so profoundly stupid.
-Andrew O'HehirFull Review
The film eventually comes down to lots of scenes in which things get blowed up real good.
-Roger EbertFull Review
At one point, a hot chick in a Jeep saves the world by ramming her car into an alien thingamajig.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
... a big, bold blast so swaggeringly expressed and self-knowingly built that it wins you over with its sheer bravado.
-James RocchiFull Review
Surrounding the alien rumpus, the filmmakers have built an unexpectedly sincere salute to the awesome responsibilities of today's U.S. Navy as well as to the heroic work of veterans who came before.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review