11'09''01 - September 11 Reviews

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March 16, 2020
Unified only by its depressing timidity and a surprising lack of relevance, 11'09"01 is a failure.
December 30, 2006
Ken Loach's entry aside, this is a self-indulgent bid to wring arthouse kudos from tragedy.
August 7, 2004
An ungainly, intermittently harrowing omnibus filled with moments of piercing sorrow and rage.
November 28, 2003
You'll get a provocative picture of how a variety of filmmakers reacted to the events of Sept. 11.
November 28, 2003
An uneven but telling document.
November 14, 2003
The results are not monumental, but they are a variety of sober responses to the tragedy that help place the event in a global context.
October 23, 2003
You have to take the duds with the skyrockets, but overall, this odd compendium is an emotionally moving experience.
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 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 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
Indispensable.
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
An often brilliant, always revelatory, deeply interesting omnibus film.
July 30, 2003
Self-conscious but fascinating sampling of art challenged by life.
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