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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A gripping documentary about how unnecesary real estate development can change the soul of New York, brings us inside the lives it touches. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The Empire State's eminent domain laws are unusually loose, but most of the rest of this story is pertinent far beyond New York. Change a few names and add the next credit bubble, and a Brooklyn-style Battle could be headed to a neighborhood near you. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Unfortunately for the film, it's clear from the outset this is a totally one-sided battle that well-connected developer Bruce Ratner is fated to win. show more

  • 50
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    Battle for Brooklyn brings up larger quandaries about urban development which it doesn't begin to address. show more

  • 80
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt (notably through activist Daniel Goldstein, whose eviction fight landed in the State Supreme Court) and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions. Alas, it's not much of a battle; more like "Requiem for Brooklyn." show more

  • 90
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    A documentary about the unending mess that is the Atlantic Yards project, is unabashedly slanted and as a result will probably be dismissed by those it portrays unflatteringly. That's unfortunate, because this film should be discouraging and dismaying for people on all sides of the project, for what it says about oversize expectations and missed opportunities. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Tells the story of a love affair and a new family, and reminds us that even billionaires are not omnipotent. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen. show more

  • 70

    "It's un-American," Goldstein says about the abuses of power at the heart of the film, before correcting himself: "No -- you know what? It is American." That's precisely the message that Battle for Brooklyn doesn't sufficiently explore. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    Battle for Brooklyn provides a useful primer on the opposition to Atlantic Yards, but figures who might have made more compelling documentary subjects than the always on-message Goldstein crowd the sidelines. show more

  • June 25, 2011 jberkeley89
    Report This User

    This is a fascinating account of how a major real estate development came into being through the misuse of eminent domain, payoffs, phony community groups, a Russian oligarch, the race card, substantial political contributions, bid rigging, deceit and the indifference of an ill informed press. The developer wanted to gain control of an area next to one of his real estate developments in Brooklyn in order to erect what would have become the most expensive and most densely populated real estate projects in the nation’s history. Real estate prices were rising rapidly and there were million dollar homes in the area. Nonetheless, it was declared “blighted” by New York State enabling the developer to gain control of the property. Moreover, the developer was able to obtain substantial subsidies from state and city politicians for the project. All of this took place despite widespread objections from residents in the affected and adjacent communities and local politicians. This is a film not to be

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