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  • Summary: September 11, 2001 was an unusually warm day in New York. Will Jimeno, an officer with the Port Authority Police Department, was tempted to take a personal day to enjoy his hobby of bow hunting, but ultimately decided that he would go to work. Sergeant John McLoughlin, a respected veteran of the PAPD, had been up for hours – a requirement of his daily, 1½-hour trek to the city. They and their colleagues made their way to midtown Manhattan, just like they did any other day. Only this wasn't any other day. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. This is a film of terrific selectivity. By focusing on two of the few who did survive the collapse, the film achieves emotional power and an uplifting ending.
  2. The script by Andrea Berloff is stunning in its simplicity and aching details.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Even without his box of political tricks, Oliver Stone remains the foremost cinematic shrink for America's distress.
  4. 70
    World Trade Center is Stone's rehabilitation. It's not just courage that's honored, it's God's Will. It isn't only men who are saved, it's their families -- and their family values.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Like Stone's "Platoon," World Trade Center has the visceral stuff it takes to appeal to audiences of all political stripes. Unlike "Platoon," however, its sense of craft feels impersonal.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A true story of courage and survival, yes. But viewing the destruction of the World Trade Center--in a film called World Trade Center--through this kind of prism represents a distinctly Hollywood brand of tunnel vision.
  7. 40
    Almost unforgivably sentimental.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 58
  2. Negative: 18 out of 58
  1. JohnF.
    Oct 24, 2008
    Very emotional movie. THe acting was excellent and you never know how it will end until it is over. Great movie.
  2. HectorM.
    Aug 12, 2006
    This Movie Deserves a 10 out of 10. have some common scense. R.I.P. WTC
  3. ElizabethF.
    Aug 13, 2006
    Oliver Stone did a great job depicting the tragedy from the eyes of two Port Authority Police Officers on the ground as if we were there. This movie is definitely a cathartic experience that will make you cry. This movie shows the strength of America and how we pull together in times of crisis. Expand
  4. ShaneK.
    Aug 9, 2006
    I won't say I was impressed, nor disappointed. The movie is worth seeing, but comparing it to United 93 is unjust. This is a completely different story, and much darker. There are great acting performances but the acting as a whole is below average. Worth seeing, but don' t expect too much. Expand
  5. JosephG.
    Aug 3, 2006
    This one reminded me of The Perfect Storm. Not exactly a good thing. [***SPOILERS***] We cut back and forth between the two NYPD cops stuck beneath the rubble of the WTC (if you are claustrophobic, you might have a hard time watching these scenes) and their distraught wives. Oliver Stone also gives us some typical, sentimental flashback sequences showing the two couples together, doing cute happy things. My real problem with the film has to do with the tone. It's too self-important. In United 93 (a greatly superior 9/11 film), you get the sense that things are truly unfolding NOW. No one is ready, no one is prepared, all hell breaks loose. In WTC, on the other hand, it doesn't feel as if the characters are living in the moment. Police officers talk about "the attack" before anyone else was calling it that. Bottom line, the film felt very insincere. The steely-eyed Marine character is irritating and nauseatingly heroic and burly. He might as well have been dressed like Rambo. My wife and I were joking that he was going to fly into space and reverse time like Superman. See United 93, a much more honest, reverent, and cathartic 9/11 film. Expand
  6. JonC.
    Aug 13, 2006
    Lame! More timid than most made-for-TV-movies these days. It was like going to see "Titanic" without seeing the ship sink. Horribly melodramatic and actually kinda boring. The parts that should have been terrifying were never given full treatment. For instance (SPOILER ALERT!!!) the movie doesn't even show exactly how difficult it was to get them cops out of their predicament... Very disappointing and unsatisfying. OK for maybe a Friday night TV movie, but if you're going to shy away from the details, don't call the movie "World Trade Center" for heaven's sakes. Expand
  7. CorbinL.
    Aug 13, 2006
    I think this was the worst movie I have ever seen in my whole life. The acting was terrible, with some actors failing misearebly at New York accents the really took away from the believability of the film. I have seen better production in Lifetime made for TV movies. Expand

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