Munich

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Munich can't quite achieve its lofty goals, but this thrilling, politically even-handed look at the fallout from an intractable political conflict is still well worth watching.

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After the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and their coach at the 1972 Olympics, the Israeli government secretly assigns Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana) to carry out a series of strategic retaliations. With the help of a driver (Daniel Craig), a forger (Hanns Zischler), a bomb-maker (Mathieu Kassovitz) and a former soldier (Ciarán Hinds), Avner conducts a worldwide operation, targeting 11 individuals. As the assassinations pile up, Avner begins to doubt the morality of his actions.

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Critic Reviews for Munich

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (47)

  • Eric Bana gives a performance that deserves something more serious than an Oscar. It's a sublimely convincing portrayal of a man who is travelling far from who he is in order to defend who he is.

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's certainly the best mainstream thriller since The Insider, and an audacious political statement from a director who has everything to lose. Don't miss it.

    January 31, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

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  • It's a smart, mesmerizing and often angry film, from a truly confident filmmaker, but it remains, maddeningly, just beyond our grasp.

    December 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Everything that keeps it from being lovable could be looked upon as a virtue, and everything about it is intentional.

    December 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on.

    December 27, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Like the superior Syriana, this isn't a Middle Eastern tale that offers much hope. It's just bloodstained history. And if we don't remember that history, Spielberg says, we learn nothing.

    December 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Munich

  • Feb 17, 2016
    One of Spielberg's strongest films. Munich is dark, intelligent, thrilling and very well written.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2014
    Overlong and lacking in closure, Munich still manages to engage thanks to a memorable band of unlikely teammates and a constant sense of danger and unpredictability.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2013
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  • Mar 30, 2012
    I'm not sure exactly what to say about this film. A lot of controversy has been started over its accuracy and political stances, and yes I did wonder about that too, but this is a decent and dark film by Spielberg. It remains politically neutral but is also unrestrained and violent. I would say this is about as effective as say, Saving Private Ryan (you can determine for youself if that is a good or bad thing).
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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