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Alita: Battle Angel

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Canada, Argentina, United States
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2019

Rated PG-13 · 2h 2m

Director Robert Rodriguez
Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Keean Johnson

Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

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Alita is a creation from an age of despair. She cannot remember who she is or where she comes from. But to Dr. Ido, her creator, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction on her planet. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill.

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TheWrap by

The film is stuffed with so many plot strands and so many different genres (sports movie, YA rebellion movie, bounty-hunter movie) that it never gets moving.
60

Empire by Dan Jolin

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.
50

Variety by Guy Lodge

This manga-based cyberpunk origin story is a pretty zappy effects showcase, weighed down by a protracted, soul-challenged Frankenstory that short-circuits every time it gets moving.
40

Total Film by Matt Maytum

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.
60

ScreenCrush by Matt Singer

Alita barely considers any of the existential questions about humanity that are typically central to this kind of sci-fi film. It’s just a slick action film. That is one way, at least, it does feel like a Robert Rodriguez movie.
83

IndieWire by Michael Nordine

Alita: Battle Angel is [Rodriguez’s] best film since he brought Frank Miller’s graphic novel to the screen, a sci-fi epic that does something rare in an age of endless adaptations and reboots: lives up to its potential while leaving you wanting more.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Alita: Battle Angel is a film with Imax spectacle and big effects. But for all its scale, it might end up being put on for 13-year-olds as a sleepover entertainment. It doesn’t have the grownup, challenging, complicated ideas of Ghost in the Shell. A vanilla dystopian romance.
40

Time Out by Phil de Semlyen

This visually epic, but monotonous collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez is less than the sum of its slick parts.
40

The Telegraph by Tim Robey

As you’d expect from Rodriguez, it has a decent number of pow-wow fight scenes, and sure loves to watch machinery being ripped to shreds. But it's all uncomfortably close to the gruesome Flesh Fair from Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, revamped as an ain’t-it-cool demolition derby with a charm-and-conscience bypass.
80

IGN by William Bibbiani

Alita: Battle Angel is Robert Rodriguez’s best film in many years. It’s an ambitious, impressive, visually spectacular production with great performances that make its strange world seem real.

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