"Upon occasion, fate favors the film critic. Such is the case when a small movie like The War Zone blows an entire film festival audience away. Or when something wonderful like Croupier comes out of nowhere. At the screening of Battlefield Earth I attended, there was another such moment, although not of the same ilk. 30 minutes into this wreck of a motion picture, with thunder crashing in the sky above, the power went out, mercifully relieving me of my immediate responsibility to endure the rest of the movie. Since I began writing reviews, I have never walked out on a film, but Battlefield Earth would have been a contender had I been so inclined. On this occasion, fate and the local power grid allowed me to make an early exit without blemishing my record."
"In the pantheon of cinematic train wrecks, from Ishtar to Waterworld, set a place at the table for Battlefield Earth -- a bewildering stew of scenery-chewing acting, special-effects overload and contorted storytelling that has to be seen to be believed . . . . " Reviewed by Sean P. Means, Robert Horton.
The same holds true for the film. Silly, listless and absurd when it should have been serious, riveting and more than capable of getting the viewer's adrenaline pumping, the picture is quite easily one of the biggest misfires of the new millennium. If this is the "bright" future of filmmaking, I want to borrow those sunglasses from Timbuk 3 so that I don't have to witness any more of it. The laughably bad "Battlefield Earth" rates as just a 2 out of 10.