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Man on Wire Reviews

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November 3, 2015
Exhilarating docu about high-wire feat has some edgy scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2010
The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.
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
August 29, 2008
James Marsh tells Petit's story, the most inspiring 'heist' in modern history, a Frenchman's stroll between two 110 story buildings in lower Manhattan.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
Not only a fun heist movie but also a moving tale of spiritual uplift and beauty.
January 22, 2008
It's magical stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 8, 2008
Constructed like a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 5, 2008
A fascinating time capsule: a combination of talking-head interviews, actual footage, and re-creations that evokes a kinder, gentler world and provides insight into one of the most audacious stunts of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2008
A gift of a documentary.
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 7, 2008
Robert Zemeckis is developing a feature film based on Petit's life and high crimes. Good luck to all concerned, but I can't see how a fictionalized treatment could exceed the achievement of director James Marsh's documentary, which unfolds like a dream.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2008
Part of what makes Man on Wire so enthralling, and so entertaining, is the filmmaker's skill in laying out the illegal caper's logistics, mainly through interviews with Philippe and his support team.
October 2, 2008
As cops waited to arrest him, he laughed, kneeled, laid down on the wire and spoke with a seagull. Wonder if its name was Jonathan Livingston?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2008
In a city synonymous with hustle and bustle, the image of a stony-faced Frenchman gracefully dancing across a wire suspended between the Twin Towers, with no safety net or harness, is an overwhelmingly beauteous juxtaposition.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 26, 2008
Exhilarating... a crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn't deny its tidy vigor.
October 18, 2008
Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 9, 2008
One of the most amazing cinematic experiences and achievements in terms of recreating a single event in history in the most comprehensive way.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 8, 2008
Mesmerizing, heart-stopping and overpoweringly beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 24, 2008
...cheekily irreverent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2008
It's a rare tale of dangerous obsession rapturously fulfilled, a reminder that even the most quixotic of undertakings can knock over a windmill now and then.
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