Ladder 49 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ladder 49 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 30, 2004
Idolization doesn't make for particularly compelling entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2004
Other than a brief interlude in which Jack meets his Instant Bride at a grocery store, Ladder 49 follows the same course over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
September 29, 2004
Filmmaking of least resistance, in which true heroism is exploited for emotional spare change.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
James Rocchi
September 30, 2004
Any spark of drama that might have caught ablaze is smothered by a thick blanket of earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
September 30, 2004
It's a safe little bet-hedger and a movie that will allow the multiplexers to "truly appreciate" the actions of our nation's firefighters - for at least 120 minutes, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2004
The makers of Ladder 49 insist that halos remain above its firemen/heroes, which is not the way to humanize them.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 30, 2004
This is essentially a male weepie about strong, simple men and the strong, simple women behind them, and as such it's platitudinous rubbish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Rebecca Murray
September 30, 2004
Ladder 49 is a big, bloated, boring, heartless drama...
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
September 19, 2004
I guess you can't really go overboard in glorifying firefighters and the business of saving lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
October 1, 2004
Ladder 49 continually teases the fate of firefighters before it gives us a reason to care about any of the characters...
Joe Utichi
January 24, 2005
Ridiculous fabrications that, in no way, reflect real life.
| Original Score: 23/100
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
Rob Blackwelder
September 29, 2004
...freshness and originality weren't the highest priority for this firefighter drama focused on a post-9/11 brand of sacrificial All-American heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 30, 2004
over reliance on images too freshly familiar and frequent from September of 2001 disconnect the viewer from its more everyday heroism
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
September 30, 2004
'Why do we run into a burning building while everyone else is running out?' is the same as asking 'Why do I go see crap movies like Ladder 49?' Because it's my friggin JOB!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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