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  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2014
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 31, 2014
    80
    The ritualized presentation of these disasters... adds up to a kind of unsettling spiritual experience, a communion with the dead that demands the quiet participation of a group
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 29, 2014
    80
    It is a curious hybrid of documentary and experimental theater. It is also one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 28, 2014
    80
    Charlie Victor Romeo shows us how much of life's weight and meaning can be packed into one second of thought or action; it's a work of shivery intimacy.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jan 29, 2014
    75
    Whatever reservations it prompts, the film is innovative, original, and queasily effective.
  5. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jan 27, 2014
    75
    The film's tension doesn't come from the why or how, but more from the idea that one becomes so settled into habit that seemingly nothing is capable of interfering.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 31, 2014
    70
    That the same performers keep returning in different roles, playing Peruvian and Japanese flyers as well as American ones, only adds to the sense of man as machine. Everything, and everyone, must run like clockwork. Yet no apparatus is foolproof.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 31, 2014
    70
    The screenwriter/playwrights have processed the characters’ last words in ways that imbue them with as much humanity as possible.
  8. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 30, 2014
    70
    A unique, unsettling experience.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    As seen in Charlie Victor Romeo (code for “Cockpit Voice Recorder”), the events are almost unbearably gripping.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 28, 2014
    40
    Charlie Victor Romeo would probably work best as a training tool for commercial airline pilots (the play, interestingly, has already been used in this fashion by the Pentagon). In a movie theater for a paying crowd, it’s little more than minimalist snuff.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jan 28, 2014
    40
    The small company of actors make convincing pilots, flight attendants, and air-traffic controllers, but their activities, tragic and brave though they may be, quickly grow monotonous.

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