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Ladder 49 Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 29, 2011
Except for Jack no one else in the film is very well defined, and it often falls back onto types. The actors are good, and make the best of what they've got, but what they've got is very thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Unabashed love letter to firefighters everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
A fairly routine firefighter drama, with burning-building sequences that more or less all look alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 25, 2007
It's slick and it honors firefighters as obviously as the first wave of WWII films paid tribute to America's fighting men and women.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
CT Staff
Christianity Today
October 25, 2006
A well-crafted tribute to the many dedicated firefighters who risk life and limb to make our world a little safer.
| Original Score: 3/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
...has about the same amount of depth as an article from 'Boy's Life.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 14, 2005
Ladder 49 wants to honor firefighters for their courage and selflessness...yet at every turn [the film] undercuts itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 8, 2005
A moving tribute [to firefighters] and an excellent dramatic work.
| Original Score: A-
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
March 24, 2005
Heartfelt, predictable, and finally surprisingly poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 28, 2005
Uma produção triste e - sim - uma bela homenagem aos combatentes do fogo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Utichi
January 24, 2005
Ridiculous fabrications that, in no way, reflect real life.
| Original Score: 23/100
Matthew Turner
January 24, 2005
The film also criminally wastes latino heart-throb Jay Hernandez, to the point where you suspect that he had a sub-plot that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 13, 2005
Good acting, and well-staged action scenes, but the characters are thinly drawn, and the story is dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2005
....the story of a quotidian but nevertheless authentic hero
| Original Score: A
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
January 3, 2005
A better name for "Ladder 49" would have been "Chutes and Ladders," like the game...
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Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
An overly manufactured would-be tearjerking package that will surely give less savvy moviegoers the illusion that they've watched an Important and Meaningful Film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 17, 2004
... after hitting me over the head with its conventional approach, I cried uncle and had to admit it did get to me.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 16, 2004
A reasonably good, if predictable, meat-and-potatoes tearjerker.
| Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
November 14, 2004
The heroic firefighters of 9/11 deserve a better tribute than this tiresme and cliche tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 2, 2004
It barely confronts the situations on a tormented, personal level -- as Martin Scorsese did when probing the spiritual agony of a paramedic in Bringing Out the Dead.
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