11'09''01 - September 11 Reviews

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October 22, 2003
As a whole, September 11 never reaches any conclusions or ready insights. But as a collection of moments, the film often soars.
October 22, 2003
11'09"01 - September 11 is a work that has resonance even two years after that [terrible] day.
October 17, 2003
For audiences with an open mind -- and more than just a little tolerance for different opinions -- there are at least a few moments here worth watching.
October 17, 2003
The collection's overarching message is that, yes, it's still too soon for art to carry the weight of that day's events.
October 9, 2003
There are some very fine directors represented here ... but none has fully risen to the full measure of their talent.
October 9, 2003
The films, both narrative and nonfictional, range from the engagingly elliptical to the simple-minded to the cloying and incomprehensible.
September 26, 2003
If 11'09"01 were an all-you -can-eat smorgasbord, your taste buds might burn out: There are so many global cuisines on offer, and each is spiced with herbs whose delicacy gets canceled out by the next dish thrust in front of you.
September 14, 2003
The overall weak quality of this omnibus film suggests that the event is still too fresh to be dealt with artistically.
September 12, 2003
The results are mixed. Many of the films are too long, and even worse, the collection as a whole doesn't come to grips with the human scale of the tragedy.
September 12, 2003
Personal and political, abstract and straightforward, bittersweet and mournful, angry and searching...
September 12, 2003
Indispensable.
September 12, 2003
Yet all of these short films have something distinct to say, and no director takes the path of least resistance.
September 11, 2003
The pieces offer little new insight and less solace. Their failure is likely as much a difficulty of the very short form as of the short-term, unseasoned response to a world-shaking event.
September 5, 2003
Like almost any collection of shorts, it's a mixed bag, ranging from the profound to the puzzling, though most of the films are the work of professionals, sometimes working at the top of their form.
September 5, 2003
Anyone whose heart was hurt by 9/11 already knows that, while many wept for the thousands who died in the attacks, others laughed and rejoiced. Now they'll learn that others turned their reactions into inconsequential film shorts.
September 5, 2003
Of the pieces, two are first-rate, a few more are amusing or provocative, and the rest are actively annoying.
September 5, 2003
Some are standouts, some dogs; the rest just sort of sit there.
September 5, 2003
Voices and sounds without pictures force us to internalize a catastrophe almost impossible to visualize.
September 4, 2003
Like many such omnibus films, the resulting collection, 'September 11' is a wildly mixed bag
September 4, 2003
Overall, the film contains personal and political stories, as well as the macrocosm and the microcosm of chaos, rage, sadness and confusion.
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