Man on Wire Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2008
Constructed like a first-rate thriller.
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.
August 8, 2008
The film's soaring climax becomes surprisingly emotional thanks to testimony from those lucky enough to have witnessed it.
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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2008
Marsh presents Petit as a kind of acrobatic Werner Herzog, talented, eccentric and perhaps slightly crazy.
August 1, 2008
What Marsh shows us is Petit's childlike innocence and almost transcendental faith: faith in himself, faith in his leadership abilities, faith that the escapade would be a success, and faith that he would not fall.
August 1, 2008
The attacks of 9/11 are never mentioned, and rightly so - this is a film about the life of the towers, not the death. But their inevitable destruction gives the movie a poignant weight, and reminds us of a time when they weren't morbid geopolitical symbol
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2008
[An] engrossing and exhilarating documentary Man on Wire, which uses vintage footage, interviews and re-creations.
July 25, 2008
Thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary.
July 24, 2008
[A] breathtaking documentary about that mad-genius coup achieved over three decades ago.
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