The Walk

2015, Biography/Adventure, 2h 4m

277 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama -- and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive élan. Read critic reviews

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As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his life's ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the French daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974.

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All Critics (277) | Top Critics (73) | Fresh (230) | Rotten (47)

  • The stunt is worth the wait. In a sense it's something we've been waiting for since September 12, 2001.

    March 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Just the mechanics of getting to the roof are fun -- filled with surprise allies and strokes of luck and last minute escapes.

    June 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's applause-worthy work, and a killer climax. But a killer climax does not a motion picture make.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Robert Zemeckis latest piece of cinematic wizardry is not a good film - but it may be the greatest Imax film ever made.

    February 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's something charming about the use of all this technology to depict what was, ultimately, a minor event.

    December 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Walk turns what is a relatively straightforward act - albeit a scarily placed one - into something stunning by restoring a sense of physicality to what's happening onscreen.

    November 10, 2015

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  • Jul 09, 2017
    Most people have probably heard of Petite's walk between the Twin Towers, so the film doesn't shy away from having the protagonist narrate the entire story in a somewhat unexpectedly quirky way standing on the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately even way before the big stunt, some of the surroundings seem oddly unreal and can easily be identified as special effect shots. Thankfully, no such thought crosses your mind during the dizzying finale. Sure, they may have added some complications here or there. but it's still wonderfully done. Overall maybe a bit too quirky at times, but the mind-blowing ending makes up for it.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    A thrilling picture to watch on the big screen. Although, it does raise the question: Would it have had the same effect if that screen had been my laptop's? I had the same thought watching Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity -- Incidentally, The walk wins that battle with a much stronger lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a generally more balanced and true story. Both very entertaining films, all the same.
    Ace T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2016
    Not quite as interesting as the documentary but this is nonetheless an enjoyable film that ends up being appropriately a love story about the Twin Towers as well as one man's obsession in all its glory and ugliness.
    John B Super Reviewer

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