Man on Wire Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
August 15, 2008
Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper. And, oh yeah, the movie's pretty good, too.
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.
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.
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.
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