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Man on Wire Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
November 3, 2015
Exhilarating docu about high-wire feat has some edgy scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 1, 2015
...captures the mysterious beauty of Petit's obsession, without ever being so gauche as to 'explain' it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 30, 2015
...cheekily irreverent
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 6, 2015
The triumph of Man on Wire is its archival footage, including the stunning scenes of Petit dancing and tumbling 1,350 feet above the pavement. They put the most dizzying shots of The Dark Knight to shame.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
April 8, 2011
The pains of the public eye are acknowledged just as much as the joy this artistic endeavour brought people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010
Despite a known outcome, James Marsh's documentary offers sublime thrills - grafting the tense suspense of a heist film onto an existential dissection of artistic accomplishment and true friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Catherine Wheatley
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 26, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 7, 2009
It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Interviewed today, Petit is a whale of a storyteller, and he recalls with relish the chilling details of that amazing day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
April 3, 2009
Man On Wire's cinematic tension that in the wire Philippe Petit balanced on as he walked between the Twin Towers in the history-making high wire stunt shown in this compelling documentary. The film's also a poignant memorial to the hallowed Twin To
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 27, 2009
Not only a fun heist movie but also a moving tale of spiritual uplift and beauty.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 8, 2009
The details of how the event was planned and staged are fascinating, but a crucial element missing from the film is good cinematography of the actual event.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 24, 2008
A feat like the one Philippe Petit pulled off deserves to be documented.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 17, 2008
I would have found it easier to get emotionally invested in Le Coup (rather than abstractly awed) if I had a better sense of his coup de foudre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
December 16, 2008
Petit transforms his stories into mini-masterpieces of performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
December 5, 2008
Man on Wire is absolutely breathtaking, a documentary as life-affirming as it is artistically intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
Present-day interviews and modern re-enactments provide the piece with its structure, but it's the awe-inspiring archival footage that makes this a giddy watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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