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How do they hate it? Let us count the ways

A sampling of Battlefield Earth reviews:

"In the future, turkey cognoscenti will be heard to say: "Ishtar, pishtar! You haven't endured pain till you've seen Battlefield Earth."

_ Rita Kempley, Washington Post

"John Travolta's Battlefield Earth is so thoroughly a stinker that one wants not to criticize it so much as just say a short prayer and move on. You don't watch it _ you survive it."

_ Steven Rosen, Denver Post

"Deeply dumb."

_ Peter Seiler, USA Today

"A 10-ton turkey . . . a sluggish, soporific dud."

_ Rene Rodriguez, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

The first 30 minutes are "as bad as any 30 minutes I've ever seen in a movie."

_ Sara Voorhees, Scripps Howard News Service

"It's too clunky to be taken seriously, too dumb to be taken as comedy, too formulaic to have any real personality."

_ Jay Carr, Boston Globe

"The cheesy Battlefield Earth sets a new standard in the folly of catering to the whims of movie stars."

_ James Verniere, Boston Herald

"Roger Christian, a director of no discernible style or intelligence, hasn't the slightest idea how to stage an exciting action sequence."

_ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star

"A million monkeys with a million crayons would be hard-pressed in a million years to create anything as cretinous as Battlefield Earth."

_ Rita Kempley, again

John Travolta spent 15 years and about $5-million getting Battlefield Earth to the screen.