The Walk

Critics 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.

83%

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Average Rating: 3.8/5

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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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Cast

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

½

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

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