• Release Date: Nov 16, 2012
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 13, 2012
    70
    Whether it's following the protests of a deceased firefighter's sister or tracing a humanity-restoring biography of vilified developer Larry Silverstein, Hankin's evenhanded film builds a concise, enlightening account from a decade of confusion.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 15, 2012
    60
    It's been a long, not always linear path to the opening of the new tower, planned for 2014. Yet, as one observer says here, the project has helped heal New York in a very New York way - acrimonious, messy and loud.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 16, 2012
    80
    The comedy of errors surrounding the 11 years (and counting) efforts to rebuild the devastated Ground Zero site would be funny if it weren't so tragic. Filmmaker Richard Hankin manages to encompass both aspects in 16 Acres, his strikingly coherent documentary chronicling the tortured process.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 16, 2012
    70
    A documentary that features forthright interviews with major players and gives a good sense of the infighting and pettiness without getting bogged down in it.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 14, 2012
    70
    An uncommonly engrossing and articulate documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 13, 2012
    70
    It's all here, from the design contests to the farcical series of ribbon-cuttings, including a photo op cornerstone-laying, to the stupid Jeff Koons balloon that recurs as an incidental sight gag.

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