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Man on Wire Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2009
It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.
November 10, 2008
In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.
October 18, 2008
The erasure of the towers adds poignance and irony to a documented event that is inherently thrilling and beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: A
October 18, 2008
By any rational gauge, Petit's WTC obsession was flat-out crazy, but Marsh takes a limpid, nonjudgmental view of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
October 18, 2008
It's a story worth telling, yes -- but after 90 minutes, it's hard not to wonder if the storyteller can talk about anything else.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
August 29, 2008
In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren't.
August 22, 2008
Man On Wire is an engrossing film that captures the imagination and never ceases to entertain.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 15, 2008
Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper. And, oh yeah, the movie's pretty good, too.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
August 8, 2008
The word 'documentary' doesn't begin to do justice to [director] Marsh's achievement.
August 8, 2008
A documentary about a towering act of daring proves a spine-tingling memorial to recklessness as art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2008
A gift of a documentary.
August 8, 2008
They say that seeing is believing, but Man on Wire will make you doubt what your eyes are telling you -- it really will -- as you shake your head in amazement and awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 8, 2008
There's nothing on movie screens now that can compare with the footage of Petit's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2008
Man on Wire, the delightful documentary about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's incroyable early-morning trip between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, is an interesting film to watch from the front row.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2008
Man on Wire should be watched on the biggest screen possible; it's an utterly thrilling exploration of one man's mad dream.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2008
This film is a celebration of human achievement; it soars with the promise that we are shackled to the ground only by lack of imagination and will.
Full Review | 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.
August 8, 2008
[A] heart-stopping, knee-buckling and transcendent account.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2008
[Director] Marsh creates a transfixing documentary feature that doubles as a celebration of one man and an elegy to two buildings that are no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2008
The film's soaring climax becomes surprisingly emotional thanks to testimony from those lucky enough to have witnessed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2008
Constructed like a first-rate thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 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 1, 2008
Without bombast or pathos -- as gracefully as a tightrope walker -- Man on Wire brings back a time when the towers were still symbols of aspiration and possibility.
July 31, 2008
Much of Marsh's focus is on the practical details and build up of the caper, but the last third stretches out for poetic resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 31, 2008
A generous, visionary gesture supplanting the communal memory of the site's unspeakable horrors with an image of human achievement that's head-spinning, heart-leaping in its absurd purity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
July 28, 2008
James Marsh's rollicking documentary Man on Wire asks not 'Why?' but 'How the hell?'
July 25, 2008
Director James Marsh's hypnotic movie documents French wire walker Philippe Petit's unauthorized, 45-minute balancing act 110 stories above New York in August 1974.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2008
[An] engrossing and exhilarating documentary Man on Wire, which uses vintage footage, interviews and re-creations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 25, 2008
Thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 24, 2008
[A] breathtaking documentary about that mad-genius coup achieved over three decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 24, 2008
Armed with the standard operating tools of documentary filmmaking, James Marsh leads audiences through Petit & Co.'s preparation and execution of this incredible feat of performance art.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
July 23, 2008
As the film traces how he plotted his Word Trade Center walk, it starts to feel almost like a heist movie, as Mr. Petit and his cronies map out each minute detail over the course of month.
May 5, 2008
Delightful and finally transcendent documentary.
May 2, 2008
A surprisingly entertaining, poignant documentary about the most notorious high-wire walk ever.
April 26, 2008
Exhilarating... a crowd-pleaser in such witty, poetic ways that even an art-house curmudgeon couldn't deny its tidy vigor.
January 28, 2008
James Marsh's Man on Wire erupts onscreen as one of the most wildly entertaining docs of recent years.
January 22, 2008
It is one of the most suspenseful, white-knuckled films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5