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Battle for Brooklyn

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Michael Galinsky

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About the Movie

The story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jun 16, 2011

Rotten: A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start. – John Anderson, Variety, Nov 23, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Nov 23, 2011

Fresh: Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 19, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Must see film on gentrification

This is a must see film for the real story behind the arena in Brooklyn, and how gentrification gets forced on a real community. Has gotten rave reviews and the film is great.


The Atlantic yards project spurred a lot of controversy in NYC ..for a long time. As an outsider, trying to figure out who's telling the truth, and who has the communities' best interest– things were terribly confusing. This film isn't just about David & Goliath. It's a portrait of when a society undermines its principles and how powerful people manipulate others so they can get what they want.

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