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United 93 Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 2, 2006
This raw docudrama is too jarring and painful to recommend to a wide audience.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
A black hole
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 8, 2006
Emotionally devastating and yet strangely empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
April 25, 2006
Ultimately, United 93 is a regurgitation of suspicious media-fueled speculation about events on an airplane that we know very little about.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2006
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 27, 2006
Here's a movie that I didn't want to see, didn't enjoy seeing and wouldn't wish upon anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
May 2, 2006
A fear-mongering exercise at best, a prolongued and agonizing snuff film at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2006
The stench of death and dread permeates every frame of United 93, but it is nowhere near as strong as the stink of synergy.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 27, 2006
Not much different than visiting the dentist for a root canal and needing a heart transplant when you leave.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Telly Davidson
April 28, 2006
Like a photo dusted and wrinkled under a microscope by forensic investigators, the fingerprints of rights-clearances lawyers sadly mar and blur the picture's focus.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 2, 2006
A film of limited ambition that may be before its time.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Dana Stevens
April 28, 2006
... left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
April 25, 2006
I've never had a more excruciating moviegoing experience in my life, and as brilliantly crafted -- and as adamantly unexploitive -- as the picture is, it still leaves you wondering why it was made in the first place.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 28, 2006
For those who can stomach the concept, United 93 does have its effective moments, especially the riveting final 20 or so minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 28, 2006
Strictly in movie terms (after all, it's a movie), United 93 slips from suspense film to disaster film to horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 3, 2006
Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should.
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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.
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
James Hughes
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
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.
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 28, 2006

Baltimore Sun
April 28, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
August 11, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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