Munich (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Munich (2005)



Critic Consensus: Steven Spielberg's examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the aftermath of the Munich assassinations is politically even-handed and cinematically visceral.

Movie Info

'Munich' recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who leads it.more
Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 9, 2006
Box Office: $47.4M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Eric Bana
as Avner
Gila Almagor
as Avner's Mother
Mostafa Djadjam
as Hussein Abad Al-Chir
Ami Weinberg
as General Zamir
Lynn Cohen
as Golda Meir
Amos Lavi
as General Yariv
Moshe Ivgy
as Mike Harari
Michael Warshaviak
as Attorney General Mei...
Ohad Shachar
as Minister
Rafael Tabor
as Minister
Brian Goodman
as Belligerent American
Sharon Alexander
as General Nadev
Schmuel Calderon
as General Hofi
Guy Zo-Aretz
as Commando
Oded Teomi
as Mossad Accountant
Alon Abutbul
as Israeli Soldier with...
Makram Khoury
as Wael Zwaiter
Yigal Naor
as Mahmoud Hamshari
Hiam Abbass
as Marie Claude Hamshar...
Mouna Soualen
as Amina Hamshari
Mostefa Djadjam
as Hussein Abad Al-Chir
Assi Cohen
as Newlywed Man
Lisa Werlinder
as Newlywed Bride
Djemal Barek
as Zaid Muchassi
Derar Suleiman
as Abu Youssef
Ziad Adwan
as Kemal Adwan
Bijan Daneshmand
as Kamal Nasser
Rim Turki
as Adwan's Wife
Jonathan Rozen
as Ehud Barak
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Munich

Critic Reviews for Munich

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (46)

It's an incoherent film, as if Spielberg desperately wanted to say something important and could only come to the conclusion that killing is bad and we're all human.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
Jerusalem Post

Munich is more measured and classy than Spielberg's action-adventures.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
The Dissolve

This punishing, borderline amoral picture is Spielberg at his most bleak, and most challenging. It refuses to pick sides and resonates in unsettling ways.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Munich is an important story to be sure but an important movie isn't the same as a great one. It's told in such a muddled way the message is easily lost, except for the moments when it is hammered home at the cost of story-telling believability.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Spielberg described Munich as his 'prayer for peace,' yet his movie strangely lacks the eloquence and yearning of a prayer.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Cinema Writer

Laceratingly charged, thunderstriken virtually, by Spielberg's deeply felt moral analysis

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for Munich

Some Jewish guys volunteer to assassinate the Arabs responsible for planning the kidnapping of the Jewish Olympic team. Spielberg borrows heavily from The Conversation, moralizes some, and falls into typical Spielbergian emoting by the end of it. This is the work so highly regarded? Or is it the political sympathies? Better to see the aforementioned film.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


A well-done, delicately constructed drama that has a very personal feel to it from director Steven Spielberg, concerning the Munich terrorist attack against Israelian athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games, where two were killed and nine others were injured. Israel, determined not to let this slide, quietly hires a skilled agent (Eric Bana) and a team to kill those responsible for this planned attack. While the film is certainly sprawling and aiming for that usual Spielbergian epic-scope it doesn't achieve overall, it is still a skillful effort from one of the best directors in the world. The moral crisis of the situation, answering violence with more violence, is handled very well. There are some scenes that feel out of place (notably one near the end combining the attack with a sex scene), but Bana's strong performance drives the film home. Not the best work Spielberg has done, but still a worthwhile effort.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Munich Quotes

Avner: There is no peace at the end of this, no matter what you believe.
– Submitted by Jacob M (2 years ago)
Avner: She's frightening ugly.
Daphna: She takes after you.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
Avner's Mother: I'm proud of what are you doing.
Avner: You don't know what I am doing.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
Avner: Do you want my parents to help raise her? Look what they did to me.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Munich on our Movie forum!