Opening

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53% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
—— A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
92% The Guest Sep 17

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88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

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—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
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—— Unforgettable: Season 2
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83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
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Man on Wire Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 7, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 10, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The erasure of the towers adds poignance and irony to a documented event that is inherently thrilling and beautiful.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: A

October 18, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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By any rational gauge, Petit's WTC obsession was flat-out crazy, but Marsh takes a limpid, nonjudgmental view of it all.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

October 18, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's a story worth telling, yes -- but after 90 minutes, it's hard not to wonder if the storyteller can talk about anything else.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren't.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 29, 2008
Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
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Man On Wire is an engrossing film that captures the imagination and never ceases to entertain.

| Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper. And, oh yeah, the movie's pretty good, too.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

August 15, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 8, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The word 'documentary' doesn't begin to do justice to [director] Marsh's achievement.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 8, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A documentary about a towering act of daring proves a spine-tingling memorial to recklessness as art.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A gift of a documentary.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

August 8, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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They say that seeing is believing, but Man on Wire will make you doubt what your eyes are telling you -- it really will -- as you shake your head in amazement and awe.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 8, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's nothing on movie screens now that can compare with the footage of Petit's performance.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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Man on Wire, the delightful documentary about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's incroyable early-morning trip between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, is an interesting film to watch from the front row.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Man on Wire should be watched on the biggest screen possible; it's an utterly thrilling exploration of one man's mad dream.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This film is a celebration of human achievement; it soars with the promise that we are shackled to the ground only by lack of imagination and will.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 8, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[A] heart-stopping, knee-buckling and transcendent account.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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[Director] Marsh creates a transfixing documentary feature that doubles as a celebration of one man and an elegy to two buildings that are no more.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The film's soaring climax becomes surprisingly emotional thanks to testimony from those lucky enough to have witnessed it.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Constructed like a first-rate thriller.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 7, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Without bombast or pathos -- as gracefully as a tightrope walker -- Man on Wire brings back a time when the towers were still symbols of aspiration and possibility.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 1, 2008
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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A generous, visionary gesture supplanting the communal memory of the site's unspeakable horrors with an image of human achievement that's head-spinning, heart-leaping in its absurd purity.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

July 31, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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James Marsh's rollicking documentary Man on Wire asks not 'Why?' but 'How the hell?'

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 28, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Director James Marsh's hypnotic movie documents French wire walker Philippe Petit's unauthorized, 45-minute balancing act 110 stories above New York in August 1974.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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[An] engrossing and exhilarating documentary Man on Wire, which uses vintage footage, interviews and re-creations.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 25, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] breathtaking documentary about that mad-genius coup achieved over three decades ago.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 24, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Armed with the standard operating tools of documentary filmmaking, James Marsh leads audiences through Petit & Co.'s preparation and execution of this incredible feat of performance art.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

July 24, 2008
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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As the film traces how he plotted his Word Trade Center walk, it starts to feel almost like a heist movie, as Mr. Petit and his cronies map out each minute detail over the course of month.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 23, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Delightful and finally transcendent documentary.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 5, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A surprisingly entertaining, poignant documentary about the most notorious high-wire walk ever.

May 2, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Exhilarating... a crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn't deny its tidy vigor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2008
Robert Koehler
Variety
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James Marsh's Man on Wire erupts onscreen as one of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 28, 2008
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It is one of the most suspenseful, white-knuckled films of the year.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 5/5

January 22, 2008
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