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Ladder 49 Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6.5/10

March 29, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Unabashed love letter to firefighters everywhere.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2010
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

A fairly routine firefighter drama, with burning-building sequences that more or less all look alike.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 24, 2007
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 25, 2007
CT Staff
Christianity Today

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

October 25, 2006
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com

...has about the same amount of depth as an article from 'Boy's Life.'

Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Ladder 49 wants to honor firefighters for their courage and selflessness...yet at every turn [the film] undercuts itself.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C

April 14, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

A moving tribute [to firefighters] and an excellent dramatic work.

| Original Score: A-

April 8, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Heartfelt, predictable, and finally surprisingly poignant.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B-

March 24, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma produção triste e - sim - uma bela homenagem aos combatentes do fogo.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2005
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

Ridiculous fabrications that, in no way, reflect real life.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 23/100

January 24, 2005
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Good acting, and well-staged action scenes, but the characters are thinly drawn, and the story is dull.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

January 13, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

....the story of a quotidian but nevertheless authentic hero

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

January 4, 2005
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

A better name for "Ladder 49" would have been "Chutes and Ladders," like the game...

Full Review

January 3, 2005
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

... after hitting me over the head with its conventional approach, I cried uncle and had to admit it did get to me.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/4

November 17, 2004
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A reasonably good, if predictable, meat-and-potatoes tearjerker.

| Original Score: B

November 16, 2004
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The heroic firefighters of 9/11 deserve a better tribute than this tiresme and cliche tale.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

November 14, 2004
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

Full Review

November 2, 2004
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