United 93

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90

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics What's this?

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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 364 Ratings

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  • Summary: Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass writes and directs an unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worstAcclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass writes and directs an unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001. (Universal Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    The controversial film that is unbearable--and unmissable.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
  3. Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.
  4. Pulling the bandage of sentiment cleanly away from oozing concepts like ''heroism'' and ''our nation's war on terror'' in the aftermath of recent wounds, here's a drama about the most politically charged crisis of our time that grants the dignity of autonomy to every soul involved.
  5. Instead of using actors, Greengrass employed many of the actual air traffic controllers and military commanders who were on the ground that day. Also aiding his film's universality is Greengrass' use of little known actors in the central roles, preventing stardom from affecting our ideas about heroism and patriotism.
  6. 88
    There's nothing about United 93 that qualifies as entertainment in the traditional sense: It is an unpleasant, wrenching experience, which is just as it should be.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    40
    United 93, as grueling as it was to sit through, left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 159
  1. NickA.
    Jun 29, 2007
    10
    Paul Greengrass, acclaimed director of 'Bloody Sunday' and 'The Bourne Supremacy,' provides this film with intensity Paul Greengrass, acclaimed director of 'Bloody Sunday' and 'The Bourne Supremacy,' provides this film with intensity beyond climax; tautly and intoxicating retelling the events of the ill-fated journey of United Airlines flight 93, which would cease its travel in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Breaching my personal list of the "100 Greatest Movies Ever Made," Greengrass' '93' is easily the most emotionally strenuous film in a decade, leaving its viewers shocked and still and utterly silenced in horror by its conclusion, which, despite being a film of unparalleled quality, couldn Expand
  2. GeraldP.
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    An absolutely riveting, involving film. No other motion picture I have seen this year is as strong as this one. Even-handed to the end, it An absolutely riveting, involving film. No other motion picture I have seen this year is as strong as this one. Even-handed to the end, it will raise strong emotions that you cannot surpress. Expand
  3. StephenT.
    Apr 29, 2006
    10
    It is impossible not to flash back, when the military and air traffic control people are screaming "Where's the President?" on Michael It is impossible not to flash back, when the military and air traffic control people are screaming "Where's the President?" on Michael Moore's footage of our leader sitting in that Florida classroom. It is Greengrass' genius that he lets us make that connection, rather than force it upon us. This is bravura film making. Expand
  4. AlecR.
    Dec 21, 2006
    10
    United 93 was an incredible movie from start to finish. Many people are saying its too early for this kind of movie, and that Hollywood wants United 93 was an incredible movie from start to finish. Many people are saying its too early for this kind of movie, and that Hollywood wants money off a horrible disaster. Well, those people have wrapped themselves into that protective cocoon that we had done to ourselves before 9/11. And who cares if some guys acting is bad? In real life people aren't acting. The flight controller didn't act on 9/11! This movie was well made, and very scary, but I didn't freak out that it showed the Towers getting hit. That actually happened people. Don't act like it didn't. Over all, everyone over the age of 15 should watch this movie so they can really understand what really happened. Incredible movie. Expand
  5. JotaG.
    Dec 17, 2006
    9
    Fantastic and real.
  6. Chele
    May 8, 2006
    7
    Not like the TV A & E movie-- better for the families to watch this one....and a lot was about the Air Traffic controllers and no names were Not like the TV A & E movie-- better for the families to watch this one....and a lot was about the Air Traffic controllers and no names were really mentioned on the plane of who was who- but you know them if you've followed the story. I did not cry at this but did on Flight 93. Very respectful movie. Expand
  7. JohnSimpson
    Apr 25, 2006
    0
    More Hollywood propaganda to keep the lies alive. This plane was shot out of the air with a missile, the debris was scattered over severalMore Hollywood propaganda to keep the lies alive. This plane was shot out of the air with a missile, the debris was scattered over several miles which is not conducive in the slightest to a plane crashing in one place. Watch this film if you want to continue to be duped into believing that there are hairy terrorists out to get us all, rather than our own government. This movie has been 'okayed' by all the agitprop govt dept's so watch at your own risk. Expand

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