The Walk

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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.



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The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan. (C) Official Site

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Philippe Pettit
Charlotte Le Bon
as Annie Allix
Ben Kingsley
as Papa Rudy
James Badge Dale
as Jean-Pierre

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Critic Reviews for The Walk

All Critics (264) | Top Critics (51)

  • 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.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • His hallmark as a director is his passion for visual effects and his use of CGI and 3D is dazzling.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Zemeckis's failing is his inattention to every other detail, but The Walk undeniably exists for its climax: one stunt it does manage to pull off flawlessly.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Walk is sometimes easier to watch with your eyes shut, just for a few seconds' respite from the plunging peril of being poised, wobbling, 110 storeys above the 3D void on a tightrope over Manhattan.

    Oct 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's two-thirds of a great film but the slow start and unremarkable first hour hold it back. Still, for those who buy into the precept that "good things are worth waiting for," The Walk unquestionably delivers.

    Oct 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Initially a toe-curling mix of The Pink Panther and Amélie, this fable ultimately offers pure entertainment. Life of Pi in the sky.

    Oct 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walk

  • 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
    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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