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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Delightful. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    History has made his midair stroll meaningful, but the film shows how even then, everyone - from Petit to his accomplices to the cops who were waiting for him atop the North Tower - recognized the stunt's crazy poetry. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The sight is magical and heartbreaking in equal measure. Look, the movie says: Where so many would fall, a man walks on air. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Engrossing and exhilarating documentary. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film runs 95 minutes, and you'll be holding your breath for most of them. show more

  • January 01, 2009 mistterpickle
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    Soooo overrated

  • September 17, 2008 LEDZ0F0
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    MAN ON WIRE - Documentary of the events of Philippe Petit's "afternoon stroll" between the Twin Towers. Movie covers this like a glove, from the planning of the blessed event, the troubles, worries etc of his accomplises, the getting past the guards, the way they managed to sneak some unbelieveably sized equipment from the ground floor to the roof etc etc etc. It's told back in forth in flash backs, with each of his accomplises relaying their views and given the audience pieces of info on how and who and when. And it's tied together so well even my memory could keep up. And nearly as much as the event itself, the planning and (things I shall not mention that would fail with words to describe) all relayed to us by each of his accomplisses. You can truly feel, outside of Phelippe hiself, noone else thought they could pull it off. Every scene once they get to the roof is live footage. They recorded it all on tape, all the accomplisses chip in with dialogue/retrospect where they fit in. Once he gets on the wire, people in the street below start realizing what is going on, and it's like new york city stops, everyone is looking up, so as passbyers wander up and see everyone else looking up they look up, frozen in disbelief as is everyone else, watching Philippe live out his dream. I found myself on the edge of my seat often enough to notice it, which really would only take once, but I was there far more than once. Loved it! 5outta 5. I REPEAT THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY..BIG YAWNNNN, IT AIN'T! NEW YORKERS SHOULD BE LINING UP TO SEE IT!

  • September 13, 2008 agotthelf
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    Breathtaking - and a pleasure to see the Twin Towers as they were meant to be, not as a reminder of destructive evil

  • August 30, 2008 ncharleson
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    We were not too sure about going to this movie at first, but after seeing it with some friends, we all concluded that it was the best movie we all have seen in YEARS!!!!!! We left there feeling so inspired that anything is possibe....

  • August 24, 2008 Michael Sweig
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    Just wonderful...Need I say more.

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