United 93 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

United 93 Reviews

Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2006
Greengrass takes pains to keep events believable and relatively unrhetorical, rejecting entertainment for the sake of sober reflection, though one has to ask how edifying this is apart from its reduction of the standard myths.
Top Critic

Time Out
June 1, 2006
United 93 might be an insular response to a global tragedy, but -- taken on its own, limited terms -- it is powerful and sincere, giving reign to pity and fear without indulging jingoism or sentimentality. For that at least it deserves applause.
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 12, 2006
This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 3, 2006
Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should.
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 28, 2006
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 28, 2006
... this is a picture we all must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
April 28, 2006
... left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2006
... for all its shock value, it is never exploitative, and it has something important to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 28, 2006
... a powerful and thoughtful dramatization of the terrorist crash of United Flight 93 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 28, 2006
It is a docudrama done with great sensitivity, and with unerring judgment in the writing and in the depiction of the passengers and hijackers.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 28, 2006
There's nothing about United 93 that qualifies as entertainment in the traditional sense: It is an unpleasant, wrenching experience, which is just as it should be.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 28, 2006
Others have attempted to tell us about Flight 93, but Greengrass may have made the definitive account, allowing his movie to unfold in real time.
| Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 28, 2006
... you come out feeling that the filmmakers have done the right thing by this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2006
There's no way to watch United 93, Paul Greengrass' heartbreaking, pulse-pounding drama about the lone hijacked commercial airliner that failed to reach its target on Sept. 11, 2001, and not anticipate the dreadful outcome.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 28, 2006
It is a movie that takes us where we don't want to go but need to.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 28, 2006
Greengrass' own formidable version brings [the story of United Airlines Flight 93] to life -- and to death -- with a bluntness and nobility that are almost too hard to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 28, 2006
... United 93 is a riveting docudrama as compelling as it is odd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
April 28, 2006
This is art engaging grim reality in the hope of perspective, understanding and perhaps even closure.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 28, 2006
... in telling the story of the one terrorist-commandeered jet that did not hit its target on Sept. 11, 2001, United 93 does so much right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2006
United 93 is an exhausting but commanding work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2006
To watch United 93 is to be confronted with the grim chaotic reality of that autumn day in 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 27, 2006
United 93 may be the best movie I ever hated.
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 27, 2006
... hard to watch, but impossible to turn away from.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 27, 2006
... beat for beat, the whole thing plays out very much according to the Hollywood playbook.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2006
It's a mark of Greengrass' unequaled gift for believably re-creating reality that, once seen, it's impossible to get United 93 out of your mind, no matter how much you may want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 27, 2006
Although the film has been made with great finesse, it is devoid of showbiz exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 27, 2006
The film is lean, harsh and remarkably free of cant.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 27, 2006
It easily ranks as the best movie so far this year.
| Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 27, 2006
It's hard to imagine any American not being moved by this film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 27, 2006
... a monumental achievement that stands above any film this year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 27, 2006
... United 93 is an exemplary attempt to relive history, inspired and powerful.
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 27, 2006
United 93 doesn't provide tidy answers or emotional catharsis, but it is a courageous exploration of painful issues.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 27, 2006
Writer-director Paul Greengrass' United 93 is nothing short of a direct refutation of all the conventional Hollywood wisdom concerning how such a movie should be made.
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 27, 2006
The knowledge of what's to come allows Greengrass to build almost unbearable tension reinforced by his characters' ignorance, and later, their slow realization of what's going on.
| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2006
It is undeniably the most gut-wrenching and captivating film released this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 25, 2006
I've never had a more excruciating moviegoing experience in my life, and as brilliantly crafted -- and as adamantly unexploitive -- as the picture is, it still leaves you wondering why it was made in the first place.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 25, 2006
When I compile my Top 10 list of films for 2006, United 93 will be on it, and almost certainly close to the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 25, 2006
United 93 is a shattering, yet effective tribute to men and women who, when faced with unimaginable terror and all-but-certain death, dared to resist their fate using whatever they could get their hands on.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2006
Their story is told with devastating realism, stirring up a fresh sense of horror and erasing five years' distance from the attacks.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 25, 2006
For me, Paul Greengrass' meticulously researched movie was a deeply cathartic experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 24, 2006
This is the best movie so far this year [and] I think it's the most important film.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 24, 2006
With events as well known as these, Greengrass doesn't need to sensationalize. The film is more powerful when he un -sensationalizes.
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
April 24, 2006
A few people made extraordinary use of those tormented minutes, and United 93 fully honors what was original and spontaneous and brave in their refusal to go quietly.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2006
Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.
Top Critic
Brian Lowry
Variety
April 20, 2006
Taut, visceral and predictably gut-wrenching.
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 19, 2006
[Paul Greengrass] keeps a cataclysmic story scaled to the vulnerable men and women involved.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 18, 2006
Like most memorials, it is respectful, premised on competing obligations to the dead and the living, and eager to stress that the deaths were not in vain. It not only tells us we should never forget but also illustrates how we should remember.