Man on Wire Reviews

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Catherine Wheatley
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
April 8, 2011
The pains of the public eye are acknowledged just as much as the joy this artistic endeavour brought people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2008
James Marsh tells Petit's story, the most inspiring 'heist' in modern history, a Frenchman's stroll between two 110 story buildings in lower Manhattan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
Not only a fun heist movie but also a moving tale of spiritual uplift and beauty.
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
January 22, 2008
It's magical stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2008
Constructed like a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
August 5, 2008
A fascinating time capsule: a combination of talking-head interviews, actual footage, and re-creations that evokes a kinder, gentler world and provides insight into one of the most audacious stunts of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 8, 2008
A gift of a documentary.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
Robert Zemeckis is developing a feature film based on Petit's life and high crimes. Good luck to all concerned, but I can't see how a fictionalized treatment could exceed the achievement of director James Marsh's documentary, which unfolds like a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2008
Part of what makes Man on Wire so enthralling, and so entertaining, is the filmmaker's skill in laying out the illegal caper's logistics, mainly through interviews with Philippe and his support team.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 2, 2008
As cops waited to arrest him, he laughed, kneeled, laid down on the wire and spoke with a seagull. Wonder if its name was Jonathan Livingston?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
May 5, 2008
In a city synonymous with hustle and bustle, the image of a stony-faced Frenchman gracefully dancing across a wire suspended between the Twin Towers, with no safety net or harness, is an overwhelmingly beauteous juxtaposition.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 26, 2008
Exhilarating... a crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn't deny its tidy vigor.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Douglas
August 9, 2008
One of the most amazing cinematic experiences and achievements in terms of recreating a single event in history in the most comprehensive way.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2008
Mesmerizing, heart-stopping and overpoweringly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Barsanti
September 30, 2015
...cheekily irreverent
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 8, 2008
It's a rare tale of dangerous obsession rapturously fulfilled, a reminder that even the most quixotic of undertakings can knock over a windmill now and then.
Nick Schager
July 24, 2008
What ultimately reverberates is [the film's] potent central association between Petit's endeavor and the Twin Towers' erection.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Irish Times
October 18, 2008

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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