United 93 Reviews

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November 1, 2007
This is first-rate, visceral filmmaking: taut, watchful, free of false histrionics, as observant of the fear in the young terrorists' eyes as the hysteria in the passenger cabin, and smart enough to know this material doesn't need to be sensationalized.
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.
June 3, 2006
It is the film of the year. I needed to lie down in a darkened room afterwards. So will you.
Top Critic
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.
May 16, 2006
It is emotionally raw yet unsentimental; it shows people at their most pained and inspirational; it is both brilliant and troubling.
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.
May 3, 2006
Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should.
April 28, 2006
... this is a picture we all must see.
April 28, 2006
... left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.
April 28, 2006
... for all its shock value, it is never exploitative, and it has something important to say.
April 28, 2006
... a powerful and thoughtful dramatization of the terrorist crash of United Flight 93 ...
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.
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.
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.
April 28, 2006
... you come out feeling that the filmmakers have done the right thing by this day.
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.
April 28, 2006
It is a movie that takes us where we don't want to go but need to.
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.
April 28, 2006
... United 93 is a riveting docudrama as compelling as it is odd.
April 28, 2006
This is art engaging grim reality in the hope of perspective, understanding and perhaps even closure.
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