The Looming Tower: Miniseries (2018)


Critic Consensus: Well-acted and powerfully written, The Looming Tower delivers gripping counter-terrorism drama rendered even more soberingly effective through its roots in real-life events.


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This drama series exposes the increasing danger of Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, focusing on how the clash between the FBI and CIA might have accidentally cleared the path for the disaster that was 9/11 and, subsequently, the war in Iraq. John O'Neill (Jeff Daniels), part of the counter-terrorism division of the FBI, must deal with the insufficient help from their colleagues in the CIA – including their combative leader, Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard). Both groups travel the globe, clashing over the ownership of data while they are supposedly trying to achieve the same goal: keeping the country safe.


Jeff Daniels
as John O'Neill
Peter Sarsgaard
as Martin Schmidt
Tahar Rahim
as Ali Soufan
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Richard Clarke
Bill Camp
as Robert Chesney
Virginia Kull
as Kathy Shaughnessy
Louis Cancelmi
as Vince Stuart
Wrenn Schmidt
as Diane Priest
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Critic Reviews for The Looming Tower Miniseries

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (22)

The effect is to turn the story into a police procedural where everyone knows the bad guys are going to get away with it and the personal struggles of the main characters feel especially low stakes given the tragedy we know is inevitable.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Looming Tower offers plenty of noteworthy hooks.

Feb 26, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's like watching Tom and Jerry play a testosterone-fueled game of cat and mouse while a venomous snake quietly slithers past them in a suicide vest.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

On the evidence of the first episode, it is quite a gripping series, and there are two fantastic performances at its heart.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

... The Looming Tower is a taut, tense restaging of the internecine squabbles between the FBI and the CIA in the lead-up to 9/11.

Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a bitter history lesson, artfully delivered at a time when we're still coping with the aftermath.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The problem is that The Looming Tower doesn't communicate much more than research.

Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[T]he series never quite equals the sum of its parts.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is focused on dialogue and interpersonal conflict making it one of the better mini-series this year.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A well-narrated story that shows the motivations of terrorists and internal pettiness and the confrontation between the CIA and the FBI, with the consequent decrease in their preventive capacity in the face of danger. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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