United 93 Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 5, 2006
In 111 gripping minutes, United 93 tells a real life story whose ending we already know, delivering a tense and engrossing drama, in a moment of time when the world dramatically altered forever.
Michael Clawson
West Valley View
July 27, 2006
With United 93, abandon your hope at the theater door. You know the ending, and it is no happy one ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 2, 2006
Maybe 100 years from now someone will make a film that isn't so gentle, so tentative.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2006
truly incredible
| Original Score: 4/4
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
June 24, 2006
Greengrass is a refined political artist, but United 93 goes pretty much entirely for gut reactions.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
June 24, 2006
With an emphasis on the facts recovered since the incident and a refusal to hold back, United 93 paints a startling and unsettling picture of one of the most terrible incidents in recent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 6, 2006
The best film of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 3, 2006
It is the film of the year. I needed to lie down in a darkened room afterwards. So will you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 3, 2006
United 93 stands as a towering, unforgettable testament to the bravery of the people who died that morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 2, 2006
This movie obviously isn't for everyone...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Poland
Movie City News
June 1, 2006
Ultimately, United 93 leads to a dozen people fighting for their lives over about 12 minutes. Is there a message about the overall event? I don't see it.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 1, 2006
Gripping, harrowing and ultimately devastating, this is a powerful, visceral film with strong performances and razor-sharp direction throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
June 1, 2006
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.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 26, 2006
It's chilling in its simplicity.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 25, 2006
One of the most powerful films of this or most any year of recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
May 20, 2006
Greengrass winds up mythologizing the actions of the passengers aboard United 93, which isn't entirely fair to them or to us, the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
May 19, 2006
We all know how it ends; the tension is wondering when the characters onscreen will figure out the 9-11 master plan
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
May 16, 2006
It is emotionally raw yet unsentimental; it shows people at their most pained and inspirational; it is both brilliant and troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 12, 2006
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
There are no cheap Hollywood touches and no exploitation, only a tribute to the terror, confusion and courage of that awful day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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