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The Walk (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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 (240) | Top Critics (46)

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…
The New York Review of Books
Top Critic

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 | Full Review…
BuzzFeed News
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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.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
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.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The walk itself is the film's central, and only, real achievement, but it's a doozy.

October 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

For at least the duration of the 25-minute wire sequence, The Walk is a breathless, exhilarating moviegoing experience. It's just not much of a movie.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Walk

Zemeckis displays his usual inventiveness with breathtaking visuals in 3D and stylish camera movements, offering us a nerve-wracking climax that should cause a heart attack on anyone afraid of heights, despite an unwelcome tendency towards corniness in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Zemekis and Gordon Levitt endeavor to enliven the already substantive documentary Man On Wire (about Phillippe Petit's fabled wirewalk between the former Twin Towers) with the latest in modern tech cameras and a middling French accent. You'll be unimpressed until the central event occurs, after which you might need a place to sit down.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Robert Zemeckis' dazzling direction, cinematography and spectacle ultimately drives home this biopic. The Walk is an artful and cleverly planned story of its climatic sequence; paying homage to the artists and the structures it was executed upon. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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