The vast majority of reviews are now in for Alita: Battle Angel and that means the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score has been revealed! Is it Fresh or Rotten? You can find that and a review roundup right here.
As of right now, it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 59% with an average rating of 5.9/10 based on 142 counted reviews (84 of those are Fresh and 58 are Rotten).
We’ve rounded up a selection of reviews from a number of noteworthy outlets and you can check out the list in its entirety by clicking on the “View List” button below.
What’s all too clear to see — and it’s a bummer — is that Alita, Battle Angel isn’t really a movie at all. Rather, it’s a fragment, a framework for a sequel, or a series of sequels, that it’s hard to imagine any audience demanding. Even those moments when the movie rouses itself to cinematic vigor are followed by padding and recycling. Cameron has been trying to get Alita’s story on screen for two decades. No wonder it feels wobbly and worked-over. Back then it might have played like gangbusters. But now, after a deluge of comic book epics and other CGI-filled sci-fi fantasies, the movie feels like it’s way past its sell-by date. Alita: Battle Angel looks ready to rock, but time has sucked the life out of the party. [2.5/5]
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In terms of likable characters, though, Alita is pretty much it. Dad’s way too overprotective, she has the worst boyfriend ever, and Ali’s Vector fails at being the fun villain this film desperately needs. Also, the narrative does Alita’s newfound agency no favors: She ultimately embraces her inner warrior, but too often she makes decisions with the onus of helping male characters rather than herself. It’s those small details that undermine the positives of “Battle Angel,” where a super-cool artifice can’t mask its inherent struggles for a wonder girl to take wing.
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What should have been a thrilling CG spectacular is needlessly hamstrung by a chaotic narrative, bloodless antagonists, and an over-confident franchise hope. [2/5]
Cameron and Rodriguez leave some key characters and unresolved plot points dangling at the end of Alita, brazenly signaling their sequel-minded, franchise-primed intentions. Their chutzpah is admirable, but perhaps, on this occasion, a little misplaced.
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Away from the Motorball track, people talk and talk and talk about some great war. And there is a Big Bad Guy who spends this movie teasing toward his central role the next movie. Alita has a powerful robot body, and then she gets an even more powerful robot body, so there’s some character development. A better version of this movie would’ve kept its mind on the game. Better title: Rollerblade Runner. [C]
Rodriguez must have planned to answer these questions in a sequel, but don’t hold your breath. His film is probably too rushed, unfocused and tonally erratic to attract an audience, in which case the wait for an “Alita: Battle Angel” sequel will be even longer than the wait for an “Avatar” one.
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The film does end on a bit of sequel bait (with a surprise cameo we won’t spoil), but at this point, I don’t really see the story continuing. If it does, I think future Alita movies would need new writers who focused more on her story, rather than over-explaining all of the manga’s nuances in between giant Motorball action sequences. Salazar’s Alita is the best thing here, and it’s too bad this movie didn’t do her justice.
Alita: Battle Angel sheds (or ignores?) any need for coherence anywhere except in what’s projected up on the screen, and actually benefits from that commitment to action. As Alita’s circumstances grow more dire, so do the consequences, pushing the limits of the film’s PG-13 rating about as far as they’ll go. The sight of the gargantuan cities is juxtaposed with individual violence as limbs are ripped from bodies, and the faster the blood gets pumping, the more galvanizing are the heights to which Alita climbs.