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World Trade Center (2006)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 222
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 70

Critics Consensus: As a visually stunning tribute to lives lost in tragedy, World Trade Center succeeds unequivocally, and it is more politically muted than many of Stone's other works.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: As a visually stunning tribute to lives lost in tragedy, World Trade Center succeeds unequivocally, and it is more politically muted than many of Stone's other works.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 362,809


Movie Info

Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they … More

PG-13 (for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrea Berloff
In Theaters:
Jan 29, 2007
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for World Trade Center

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (70) | DVD (27)

(Director Oliver) Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well -- with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation.

October 26, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Destiny pervades the project, and anyone who expected Stone to toe anything other than the company line was gravely mistaken.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[World Trade Center] doesn't pretend to encompass the entire catastrophe of 9/11, and that is its great negative virtue.

Full Review… | August 16, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

The world may not make sense anymore, but Oliver Stone, a warrior still, celebrating courage and endurance, has, in his own way, come home.

August 15, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

[T]here's much discussion about whether audiences are 'ready' to see a mainstream movie about the events of 9/11... That's your choice, but you'll be missing one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Stone may be the bluntest instrument in Hollywood's arsenal, but watching his new film about the collapse of the Twin Towers, I found myself nostalgic for his chutzpah.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A questioning artist neutering himself for the sake of uplift

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

A tentative mixture of tearjerker and disaster movie, cautious due to the requirement that it bear witness to the true-life heroism, staying within the tonal range that is sanctioned for American films depicting 9/11.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008

World Trade Center is not a great film. It barely passes as a good one. For a film that should have hollowed out its audience, I walked out strangely unmoved.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

For all its noble intent the film brings to celluloid life makes just about every fear anyone had about a Hollywood treatment of the 9/11 tragedy.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007

No particular reason to exist other than to garland itself with medals for telling an Uplifting True Story About Good Men.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

A loving, respectful, much-deserved tribute.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Stone rolls out the victim card minus historical context.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

It's 9/11 ingeniously structured as the basis of a Beckett play.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

An emotional and gripping two hours plus that rarely flags.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

I began to feel as if Stone were singling out the 'decent' people of America and making this story theirs alone.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
F5 (Wichita, KS)

What did Oliver Stone make me think about? In a nutshell, he made me remember that this country was built on the hearts and resolve of it's citizens.

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

It's plainly evident that all of the filmmakers approached the subject matter with appropriate honor and respect. (In other words, this movie is no Pearl Harbor.)

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
DVD Clinic

To sit before the film is to participate in a ritual of solidarity and redemption, to which the flimsiness of two-thirds of the movie is irrelevant.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

There are no histrionics, simply strong storytelling, involving us in the lives of two men, their families, and by default, the many whose lives were touched by this unforgettable tragedy

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

So factual and earnest that it misses the chance to say something meaningful.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

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Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Movies for the Masses

These are voices that deserve to be heard and that there are filmmakers like Stone willing to hear them is more important than anything that might follow.

Full Review… | October 1, 2006

It celebrates the courage of the rescue teams and the fortitude of their families while giving you a visceral sense of what it was like to be among them.

Full Review… | October 1, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

It's almost as if Stone wants to ingratiate himself with the mainstream public that rejected his historical blockbuster Alexander and win the approval of his right-wing critics.

Full Review… | September 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for World Trade Center

Will Jimeno: Don't fall asleep, Sarge! 

"A True Story of Courage and Survival."

World Trade Center is a sad, moving film from Oliver Stone that tells the story from a couple of cops and their families point of view. The film isn't necessarily a thrilling movie to watch in standard terms, but there is a great sense of suspense, especially if you don't know what happens. It's hard to watch at times because the emotions seem so real, but there's no way you'll look away from the screen. This is a story that needed to be told and thankfully it was. 

Port Atlantic cops respond to a plane flying into the World Trad Center. There's rumors amongst them that the second building got hit too, but none of them know for sure what is going on. The sergeant decides to take a team into tower one to try to save anyone they can, but as soon as they are about to go up, something happens. They don't really know what, but it leaves most of the team dead and a few of them trapped beneath the rubble. The only way they can survive is by trying to stay awake until someone finds them beneath all of the rubble.

This isn't Oliver Stone's best movie, but it is just like most of his, in that it is extremely important. You'd be surprised to see that Stone doesn't take a political stance on the attacks, which really surprised me the first time I saw it. Instead, he shows us that day from the vantage point of a few cops and they didn't really have any idea what was going on. We almost relive the day as we watch news footage and see everyone crying. It's not a movie about the attacks, but a movie about two cops and their fight for survival. 

The cast brings out the most in this movie. I know everyone has their own opinion on Nicholas Cage, but I thought this was one of his best roles in the last 10 years or so. Also, another standout is Michael Shannon as an un-active marine that makes his way to Ground Zero to try to find any survivors. The movie is told with a true sense of humanity and caring about others lives even when it could cost them theirs. World Trade Center is a movie that everyone needs to see once.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

This is one of Oliver Stone's best films. Although not as powerful as United 93, World Trade Center tells the courageous true story of two firemen, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno Two Port Authority officers that were stuck in the debris of the World Trade Center upon the collapse of the towers on September 11, 2001. World Trade Center is good drama that tells the human side of these atrocious acts. Nick Cage is surprisingly good here, compared to his other efforts. Although not as powerful as United 93, which in my opinion is the definitive film on the 9/11 attacks, this is nonetheless a must see film with great performances, a good cast, good directing and a powerful true story. This is of course a hard film to watch, one that will stay with you long after you've seen it. I thought the film played well on the dramatic elements of this real life tragedy without overdoing it. Oliver Stone has struggled with making good films, but this one is one of his best efforts since The Doors and Natural Born Killers. The film is a human story, which in away sort of echoes Stone's Platoon, in the sense it shows the chaos for what it is. But the difference is, is that World Trade Center has a deeper sense of inspiration, a heart within the chaos unfolding on-screen. This ranks among Oliver Stone's best films.A truly unique film, this is a film that will stay with you from start to finish.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Very sad as it is true story about the collapse of the Twin Towers. It follows two policemen who are trapped in the basement of one of the towers. Stars Nicholas Cage. There was controversy when the movie came out stating it was too soon after 9/11.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Heartbreakingly poignant! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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