Out of the Clear Blue Sky Reviews

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Daniel Walber
Nonfics
June 5, 2014
A film made by and for the families of those Cantor Fitzgerald employees who lost their lives on 9/11, and for them it is by definition beautiful and striking. For everyone else, it might not quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
September 9, 2013
As in most documentaries, spliced-in reenactments are unhelpful. Still, what this movie shares is of great consequence, a moving and unlikely story in a tapestry of stories about a tragic and unlikely event.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
August 9, 2012
...a Tolstoyan reminder that all tragedies are unique.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 9, 2012
Like every individual's story of Sept. 11, this one has hidden drama, heartbreak and renewal, adding yet another thread to the tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2013
By de-emphasizing politics in favor of humanitarianism, Danielle Gardner's work also suggests how Americans might yet unify even as the world around them threatens to tear itself apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 24, 2013
Compelling - it's an insider's poignant view of the harrowing tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
[Gardner] interweaves stirring, ever-troubling9/11-related archival news footage, with personal photos and videos plus some, frankly, dispensable re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 21, 2013
Closure or exploitation, you be the judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 6, 2013
Danielle Gardner's eloquent insider documentary about the Sept. 11 destruction and subsequent rebirth of the investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 6, 2013
A complex story is compellingly told in this powerful 9/11 documentary.
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