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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)



Critic Consensus: Alita: Battle Angel's story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.

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From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.

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Christoph Waltz
as Dr. Dyson Ido
Ed Skrein
as Zapan
Eiza Gonzalez
as Nyssiana
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Critic Reviews for Alita: Battle Angel

All Critics (317) | Top Critics (42)

It's sort of overlong and overstuffed, but Rosa Salazar is quite good.

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It suffers because like most of the Cameron stories, its not a deep story and unfortunately the special effects are really strong, but they are not revolutionary.

March 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious.

February 16, 2019 | Full Review…
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I loved watching this sci-fi spectacle's moving parts. I just couldn't get past its brain.

February 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong.

February 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Basically, we're talking about a lot of human heads doing a lot of insulting and quipping and grunting and groaning while atop all manner of fighting cyborg bodies

February 14, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alita: Battle Angel


James Cameron has been dreaming about making Alita: Battle Angel for decades. He bought the rights to the 90s manga and has been sitting on the property, having to continuously push it back because of technological demands and the demands of, at last count, a thousand Avatar sequels. Cameron co-wrote the screenplay and handed the directorial duties over to Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), a talented visual stylist who has been struggling of late. The marriage looks good and the final 122-minute feature is the closest a live-action film has ever gotten into replicating the look and feel of an anime, for better and worse. Hundreds of years after the fall of civilization, a lonely scrapper and doctor, Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovers the remains of a cyborg with a still beating heart. He puts her back together with a new body and names her Alita (Rosa Salazar). Sheâ(TM)s special and learning about the big new world, trying to unlock her memories of the past, and weâ(TM)re talking way way back into the past. Sheâ(TM)s old technology, something thatâ(TM)s quite valuable for the street gangs that strip amputees for parts and for the global corporation whose emissary (Mahershala Ali) needs to reclaim the powerful tech. Alita falls in love, learns about her sense of humanity, and fights lots and lots of robotic villains.

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer


I can't think of a better example of uncanny valley than this distasteful movie, with its creepy-looking protagonist full of CGI on her face - and as for the rest, the plot is a dull, convoluted mess, the characters are flat and lifeless, and the dialogue is pretty much terrible.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

So much fun!

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

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