Except for Jack no one else in the film is very well defined, and it often falls back onto types. The actors are good, and make the best of what they've got, but what they've got is very thin.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Unabashed love letter to firefighters everywhere.
| Original Score: 4/5
A fairly routine firefighter drama, with burning-building sequences that more or less all look alike.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's slick and it honors firefighters as obviously as the first wave of WWII films paid tribute to America's fighting men and women.
| Original Score: 7/10
A well-crafted tribute to the many dedicated firefighters who risk life and limb to make our world a little safer.
| Original Score: 3/4
...has about the same amount of depth as an article from 'Boy's Life.'
Ladder 49 wants to honor firefighters for their courage and selflessness...yet at every turn [the film] undercuts itself.
| Original Score: C
A moving tribute [to firefighters] and an excellent dramatic work.
| Original Score: A-
Heartfelt, predictable, and finally surprisingly poignant.
| Original Score: B-
Uma produção triste e - sim - uma bela homenagem aos combatentes do fogo.
Ridiculous fabrications that, in no way, reflect real life.
| Original Score: 23/100
The film also criminally wastes latino heart-throb Jay Hernandez, to the point where you suspect that he had a sub-plot that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Good acting, and well-staged action scenes, but the characters are thinly drawn, and the story is dull.
....the story of a quotidian but nevertheless authentic hero
| Original Score: A
A better name for "Ladder 49" would have been "Chutes and Ladders," like the game...
An overly manufactured would-be tearjerking package that will surely give less savvy moviegoers the illusion that they've watched an Important and Meaningful Film.
| Original Score: 2/4
... after hitting me over the head with its conventional approach, I cried uncle and had to admit it did get to me.
| Original Score: 2.4/4
A reasonably good, if predictable, meat-and-potatoes tearjerker.
| Original Score: B
The heroic firefighters of 9/11 deserve a better tribute than this tiresme and cliche tale.
It barely confronts the situations on a tormented, personal level -- as Martin Scorsese did when probing the spiritual agony of a paramedic in Bringing Out the Dead.