Ladder 49 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ladder 49 Reviews

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Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 27, 2004
There's a message in [this film]. Not only are firemen swell guys, they're swell HETEROSEXUAL guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
October 24, 2004
(Phoenix and Travolta) rescue the film from its own over-extended plot and soap opera style.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
October 17, 2004
... Even in its most cloying moments, the movie works because of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 14, 2004
The family stuff is pro forma, but not offensively so -- comfort food for date night audiences who've learned a heightened respect for fireman over the last three years.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 11, 2004
A two-alarm dud.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 8, 2004
Pranks, rituals and fires keep coming throughout the melodramatic, cornball Ladder 49.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 7, 2004
I don't know when I've seen a movie so completely smug in its belief that its audience is on a par with Pavlov's dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
October 6, 2004
A serviceable testament to the firemen who would bravely risk their lives to protect the safety of others, etc., etc.
Rick Kisonak
October 6, 2004
The risks firefighters take, like the sacrifices they make every day, are all too real. They deserve our thanks, our respect and infinitely better movie treatment than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 6, 2004
What's the use spending fifteen bucks on a date when you're going to fall asleep in the theater instead of her apartment?
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
October 6, 2004
A methodical, step-by-step account of a firefighter's existence, presented in a no-frills, straight-ahead fashion but ultimately taking you no place you've not been before.
Angela Baldassarre
October 6, 2004
Despite its honourable premise "Ladder 49" is clunky and earnest in execution. **
Eric D. Snider
October 5, 2004
If the film loses itself midstream, forgetting where it's going and which paths it needs to take to get there, Phoenix saves it with equal parts heroism and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 5, 2004
Here's a drama that's extraordinary because it's, well, ordinary.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 5, 2004
... draws us steadily into its warm core with a sense these are real people, who might be sleeping or carousing down at the neighborhood firehouse.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
October 5, 2004
Ladder 49 overkills on melodrama -- the slow-paced adventure flick has enough tear-jerking Hallmark moments to extinguish a three-alarm blaze.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 5, 2004
...[a] toxic tearjerker. As a showcase meaning to be both actively flashy and introspective, Ladder 49 succeeds in blowing smoke up one's pant leg
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 4, 2004
I can imagine it playing on a continuous loop at Ground Zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 4, 2004
The film never is as inspiring as its subject matter, but it aims our thoughts toward proper contemplation.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
October 4, 2004
Tender, moving and insightful.
| Original Score: B+
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