Munich (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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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'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.
R (for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Eric Bana
as Avner
Geoffrey Rush
as Ephraim
Ayelet Zurer
as Daphna
Gila Almagor
as Avner's Mother
Meret Becker
as Yvonne
Yvan Attal
as Tony
Ami Weinberg
as General Zamir
Mostafa Djadjam
as Hussein Abad Al-Chir
Lynn Cohen
as Golda Meir
Amos Lavi
as General Yariv
Moshe Ivgy
as Mike Harari
Michael Warshaviak
as Attorney General Meir Shamgar
Ohad Shachar
as Minister
Rafael Tabor
as Minister
Sharon Alexander
as General Nadev
Brian Goodman
as Belligerent American
Schmuel Calderon
as General Hofi
Oded Teomi
as Mossad Accountant
Guy Zo-Aretz
as Commando
Alon Aboutboul
as Israeli Soldier with Zamir
Makram Khoury
as Wael Zwaiter
Yigal Naor
as Mahmoud Hamshari
Hiam Abbass
as Marie Claude Hamshari
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
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All Critics (202) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Everything that keeps it from being lovable could be looked upon as a virtue, and everything about it is intentional.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on.

December 27, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The ultimate problem with Munich is that it's looking for a clear-cut answer that doesn't exist. And while it frames its final act as an argument, it's an argument it's having with itself.

December 27, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's a brutal, merciless, somber picture, utterly devoid of the heart-tugging sentimentality that always creeps into even his best films. It is also, unfortunately, timid when it should be bold and clunky when it should be eloquent.

December 27, 2005
Miami Herald
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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
Kevin M. Williams

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Directors Cat

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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

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