Man on Wire Reviews

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December 5, 2008
Man on Wire is absolutely breathtaking, a documentary as life-affirming as it is artistically intoxicating.
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.
November 21, 2008
It's a great deal of fun, playing not unlike a crafty caper film with loads of spine-tingling suspense.
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 29, 2008
Une oeuvre d'une puissance dramatique inouïe
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.
October 18, 2008
This is a fascinating account of a moment from history that will never be repeated.
October 18, 2008
James Marsh's documentary is the story of the dreaming and scheming that went into the walk, which I hesitate to call a stunt. It seems too glib a word for a feat that inspired the poignant complex of emotions uncovered by Marsh's narrative.
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.
October 18, 2008
The erasure of the towers adds poignance and irony to a documented event that is inherently thrilling and beautiful.
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.
October 18, 2008
A highly entertaining and extremely accessible film.
October 18, 2008
Director James Marsh assembles this material into an offbeat but often unbearably exciting heist movie -- a white-knuckle ride of a thriller that can stand up against such classics of the genre as Rififi, Topkapi and Robbery.
October 18, 2008
This is the story of a group of conspirators bent on shocking humanity with an outrageous plot regarding the World Trade Center, a plot involving an act so mind-boggling it staggers the imagination.
October 18, 2008
October 17, 2008
Marsh uses a combination of interviews, film of Petit as a young man, authentic newsreels and enacted reconstructions to produce an unforgettable experience.
October 17, 2008
This film is a treasure.
October 17, 2008
The simplicity of Philippe's vision is intoxicating, as is his self-assurance.
October 17, 2008
It's a hell of a story, and Petit is a mesmerising storyteller, with an extravagantly poetic turn of phrase and the glittering eye of the Ancient Mariner.
October 17, 2008
Marsh stitches his story together with a seamless melding of interviews, stills, re-enactments and archival footage augmented by a wonderful score by Michael Nyman and the New York composer J. Ralph.
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