Munich Reviews

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January 31, 2006
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.
December 27, 2005
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
Everything that keeps it from being lovable could be looked upon as a virtue, and everything about it is intentional.
December 27, 2005
Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on.
December 27, 2005
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
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
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
The failure of a movie that is so good in so many ways leaves me to wonder if Spielberg is up to this kind of complex, multitasking story.
December 27, 2005
Across the board, the film's performances are sinewy and tough, elastic enough to bend with misgivings.
December 27, 2005
Munich can't decide where to end, so we get six or seven possible finishes, each exhausting.
December 27, 2005
At a time when he easily could duck and cover, Spielberg has put himself at the service of material that offers little by way of comfort.
December 27, 2005
Spielberg is simply reiterating that the Old Testament demand of an eye for an eye has left the world blinded and wandering in an endless cycle of reprisal. This is not exactly a philosophical or dramatic revelation.
December 27, 2005
Bouncing about from one flawed movie to another, Steven Spielberg has lost his way of late, and Munich finds him more disoriented than ever.
December 27, 2005
Simply stated, Munich is Steven Spielberg's return to seriousness and his finest film in years.
December 24, 2005
An impressive achievement by a man in touch with his art and his soul.
December 24, 2005
A visceral, emotionally exhausting work that dares to ask questions -- and gives no easy answers.
December 24, 2005
Munich is an action movie with a conscience, made by a filmmaker whose good work is still better than most directors' best.
December 22, 2005
The problem with Munich is that Spielberg has made a beautifully crafted, intelligent picture that raises some very complicated, and not easily dismissed, moral questions -- only ultimately to find the easiest way to dismiss them.
December 22, 2005
This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.
December 22, 2005
As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them.
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