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World Trade Center Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
(Director Oliver) Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well -- with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 28, 2006
Destiny pervades the project, and anyone who expected Stone to toe anything other than the company line was gravely mistaken.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 16, 2006
[World Trade Center] doesn't pretend to encompass the entire catastrophe of 9/11, and that is its great negative virtue.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 15, 2006
The world may not make sense anymore, but Oliver Stone, a warrior still, celebrating courage and endurance, has, in his own way, come home.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2006
[T]here's much discussion about whether audiences are 'ready' to see a mainstream movie about the events of 9/11... That's your choice, but you'll be missing one of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 10, 2006
Stone may be the bluntest instrument in Hollywood's arsenal, but watching his new film about the collapse of the Twin Towers, I found myself nostalgic for his chutzpah.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2006
The story of what they experienced is gripping and inspiring, but however true it is to their lives... the way it's told restricts what the movie can say about the larger tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 10, 2006
Despite my strong reservations, World Trade Center is strongly acted and has sequences of undeniable power. At its best it shares with Stone's finest work a feeling for the imminence of death and salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 10, 2006
Even working within the restrictions of a PG-13 rating, Stone brings fresh immediacy to the horrors of Ground Zero, and Cage and Peša use small, telling strokes to make their characters come alive.
| Original Score: C-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 9, 2006
If duty is the operative attitude here, inevitability is the inescapable result, and World Trade Center ultimately finds itself as pinned down as McLoughlin and Jimeno are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 9, 2006
It shortchanges audiences when it comes to dramatic revelations that could have resonated on a deeper level. It telegraphs its emotions loud and clear, but somehow they don't reach us.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 9, 2006
Noble intent and adherence to real events don't necessarily add up to success onscreen; it's also often tedious and schmaltzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2006
Stone does everything he can to do justice to the real-life people he's depicting, and yet nothing he does can cover up the film's single but overarching weakness: The personal story he uses to portray the larger event is limited in scope and impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 9, 2006
An expertly crafted, respectful piece of inspirational filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 9, 2006
It displays optimism, patriotism, emotional frankness and faith. Detractors might call it sentimental. Most of all, it exhibits no political slant whatsoever, injecting only heartfelt empathy for the day's many victims and heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2006
Obviously, living through 9/11 even at a televised remove, we felt overwhelmed. Now, sitting through the re-creation, we feel something altogether different and yet faintly familiar -- underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 9, 2006
World Trade Center is beautifully acted down to the smallest role and exquisitely crafted -- it is all but impossible to tell the difference between the computer-generated imagery and live-action sequences shot in Manhattan.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2006
Stone defies those who think of him only as a provocateur in making a compact and emotionally charged story that illuminates a Sept. 11 tale few of us know -- and he does it with a respect bordering on reverence.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 9, 2006
World Trade Center approaches drama's potent promise, finding in the story of two individuals and their families uncommon valor and common ground at ground zero.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 9, 2006
Some comedies appeal to our inner child, while some horror movies appeal to our inner masochist. Oliver Stone's World Trade Center poignantly appeals to our inner patriot.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
August 9, 2006
In ten years (or even next week), I don't know that this will be seen as anything more than an average TV movie about a not-so-recent disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2006
Oliver Stone has made an honorable film, in other words, and almost the best thing I can say about it is that it doesn't feel like an Oliver Stone movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 8, 2006
For all its crude effectiveness as a true-life melodrama of survival, World Trade Center doesn't do much with 9/11, except to sentimentalize it for popular consumption.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2006
The old Stone was not exactly a bargain, but he was never this pious or this conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2006
The filmmaker and his colleagues have brought the sensibility of an old-fashioned Hollywood disaster movie, and a mediocre one at that.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2006
Stone takes one of the most tragic events of this century and focuses on the hope, humanity and determination that also held sway amid the darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 8, 2006
With this unflinching account of that day, Stone has made the most important film of his long career.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 8, 2006
Even when Stone is clumsy, he at least seems to recognize that he can't possibly re-create the experience of these policemen: The best he can do is put it onstage, reminding us that this happened to someone else and not to us.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2006
[A] humanist movie of enormous empathy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center feels like the respectful and tender beginning of a dialogue between filmmakers and audiences about a subject most would rather not revisit via their entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2006
It looks at the tragedy on intimate, personal terms, with a sensitivity and restraint the macho provocateur has rarely revealed before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 8, 2006
Oliver Stone has taken a public tragedy and turned it into something at once genuinely stirring and terribly sad.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center hits us where we live. And it reminds us how lucky we are to live, and love, and even struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2006
It's easily the best movie of the summer.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center delivers to its audience a calculated dose of uplift and gooses us along to feel suspense here, compassion there and hope at the end.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 8, 2006
It's about Americans doing their jobs. It's about Americans seeing each other only as Americans. It's about the real promise of America, fulfilled.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 8, 2006
The movie's gradual build-up from the mundane to the unimaginable contains some of Stone's most evocative and searing filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center is the second major studio picture to weigh in on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It is a more limited achievement: a comfortably unsettling drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center is selfless filmmaking at its best. Here, without frills or bombast or politics, is the day the world turned upside down. Our faith in each other, Stone's movie tells us, is what helped right it again.
| Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 8, 2006
A life-affirming celebration of humanity -- of the possibility of kindness, teamwork, selflessness and love under the most horrific circumstances.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 8, 2006
The surprising thing about this commission job, directed from Andrea Berloff's script, is not its factuality but its restraint.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 8, 2006
World Trade Center is Stone's most potent motion picture since Platoon, and may be the most accessible across-the-board since Wall Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2006
Their film is gripping -- and should be: It has its tentacles around you from its stark title on. It's a title that means so many things to so many people.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2006
A powerful movie experience, a hymn in plainsong that glorifies that which is best in the American spirit.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 4, 2006
The script, by newcomer Andrea Berloff, who worked with both couples to get the details right, has the sting of reality to work against any sugarcoating.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 4, 2006
Piercingly moving and utterly unpolitical, World Trade Center holds us in a fierce grip.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 4, 2006
This as uncomplicated a movie as Stone (Born on the 4th of July, JFK) has made, and one of his most powerful.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2006
As a tribute to those who died, and survived, on Sept. 11, World Trade Center is a scrupulous and honorable film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2006
WTC could provide a mass catharsis for American audiences much as United 93 did for those who saw that earlier film.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 1, 2006
... World Trade Center yields lovely and touching moments but proves a slow-going, arduous movie experience ...