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United 93 (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 184
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 is even more gut-wrenching because the outcome is already known. While difficult to watch, director Paul Greengrass' film has been made with skill and treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to the aggrandizement of which Hollywood has sometimes been accused. Especially effective is the cast of mostly unknown actors, who portray the passengers of the doomed flight as ordinary people who respond with bravery to extraordinary circumstances.

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 is even more gut-wrenching because the outcome is already known. While difficult to watch, director Paul Greengrass' film has been made with skill and treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to the aggrandizement of which Hollywood has sometimes been accused. Especially effective is the cast of mostly unknown actors, who portray the passengers of the doomed flight as ordinary people who respond with bravery to extraordinary circumstances.

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Movie Info

This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers with cell phones that other hijacked planes had been steered into the World Trade Center towers, and the realization that their plane was being steered toward Washington D.C.

Rating:
R (for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Greengrass
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 5, 2006
Box Office:
$31.5M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for United 93

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (184) | Rotten (19) | DVD (32)

Greengrass takes pains to keep events believable and relatively unrhetorical, rejecting entertainment for the sake of sober reflection, though one has to ask how edifying this is apart from its reduction of the standard myths.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

United 93 might be an insular response to a global tragedy, but -- taken on its own, limited terms -- it is powerful and sincere, giving reign to pity and fear without indulging jingoism or sentimentality. For that at least it deserves applause.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should.

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

... this is a picture we all must see.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

... left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Slate
Top Critic

Above all, one truth remains: the sacrifice of the 40 passengers on Flight 93 is truly remarkable. The film portrays their courage in the face of staggering odds in its own subjective and respectful way. It achieves what it wants as a film.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Stop Smiling

A black hole

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

A flawed, but gripping well-crafted piece of drama...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This is not a film you go to for enjoyment, but because you have a duty to endure it.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
BrandonFibbs.com

a real-time reconstruction of events on the doomed flight that manages to encapsulate all the anxieties and sorrows of our age.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Eye for Film

I can say that United 93 has been done well -- with intelligence, compassion, efficiency -- and yet still question whether it was worth doing.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

A supreme achievement.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Amazingly detailed in its narrative cohesion and editing, United 93 is a noble tribute to the tragedy of 9/11.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Cinema Sight

Greengrass recreates the attacks on the World Trade Center utilizing existing news footage and it still retains the horror of that day. Despite knowing the ultimate outcome of this film, UNITED 93 is a harrowing and important film.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Cinema verite at its very best!

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
AALBC.com

Unlike 'World Trade Center,' this harrowing chronicle has scarcely a hint of Hollywood. ...'United 93'... thrusts itself into the heart of the action, whether you're ready to go there or not.

Full Review… | December 28, 2006
Kalamazoo Gazette

...a story about the resolve of a group of strangers that banded together in the most difficult of times to do what they knew in their hearts was right.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

In a way, the film is a memorial. It honors the passengers who fought back by visualizing their experience and imprinting it on our screens for years to come.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

Un tenso y atrapante relato que imagina, con un realismo casi documental, lo que pudo haber sucedido a bordo del fatídico vuelo.

Full Review… | November 7, 2006
Uruguay Total

Impossible to recommend as a great Friday night out, yet agonisingly vital as thought-urging cinema.

Full Review… | November 4, 2006
Empire Magazine

It's a film for our time.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

United 93 terrifyingly conveys the nature of the threat facing the world today and poignantly conveys onscreen the decision by a few brave individuals to fight back.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Sight and Sound

reminds you how profound an effect a movie can have. How the hand guiding the camera, can dive into your guts, twist them around, and rip out feelings you never knew about

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Movies for the Masses

...a visceral, emotionally wrenching film and an appropriate, honorable tribute to the genuine heroes on that fateful flight.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for United 93

Required viewing every 9/11.

Stay tuned at themoviefreakblog.com for the full review.

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spielberg00
Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

½

out of all the things you could pick to make money off of, you chose this???

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LoughnerWasLucid
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

While we can never be sure what exactly happened aboard this flight, the sober, realistic mood of this film paints a believable, appropriate portrait of the events. The film manages to stay concise and gripping, never seeming too long or too dull.

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rjayhutchinson
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

½

Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.: We have to do something, they are not going to land this plane.

"United they stood."

United 93 tells the story of the one plane that doesn't reach the terrorists planned destination. It tells in extraordinary detail the events of the day from the ground and from the United 93 airplane. This movie is a sobering and terrifying film that looks real and makes you almost feel like you are in the plane too.

This story isn't an easy one to tell. Any minor detail could seem like exploitation if used in the wrong way, but this was done in such a fashion where you can tell Greengrass wasn't just using the events of that day, but telling a story about real life heroes. When the terrorists took the plane over, the passengers gathered near the back of the plane and came up with a plan to try to retake the plane. They knew the pilots didn't have control of the plane and they also knew that planes had been hitting the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. So they acted in such a way that saved the lives of who knows how many people.

This isn't the easiest movie to get through. A lot of it is watched in a quiet trance, as you wish the story could end differently, but you know it won't. The starless cast makes this movie feel like real life. We aren't watching Russel Crowe or Brad Pitt in the plane trying to retake it. We are watching strangers and it goes a long way in making the film feel much more real.

United 93 mauy end up going down as the best movie ever made on 9/11. There's going to be many more made I'm sure, but this one just grabs the viewer and makes them relive the dread of that day through the people that had to endure that, and I'm not sure if another film about that day will ever be able to accomplish that as well as United 93.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

United 93 Quotes


First Officer Leroy Homer Jr.:
I don't care how many windows you break.
– Submitted by Matt S (2 years ago)
Todd Beamer:
I got it, it's a fake!
– Submitted by Kerby H (3 years ago)

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