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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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 4, 2005
....the story of a quotidian but nevertheless authentic hero
Read More | 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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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 ReviewRead More | 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
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.
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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.

Baltimore Sun
October 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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