• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. 30
    "The Path to 9/11" never quite arrives at narrative coherence and depth.
  2. "Path" is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC's disastrous "Ten Commandments" remake. It substitutes shaky handheld cameras and dumb dialogue for craftsmanship. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgotten to light the sets.
  3. It's the best made-for-TV movie in years.
  4. 75
    On a simple quality drama level, it's the best network miniseries in several years.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    33
    The results strain so hard to be objective and evenhanded that they're useless as drama. [8 Sep 2006, p.149]
  6. Reviewed by: Samantha Bonar
    20
    "The Path" is an irresponsible film, with its factual distortions wrapped in a really terrific package that lulls viewers into complacency, setting them up for the propaganda that is to follow.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    The filmmakers' assurance makes this miniseries play more like bang-up drama than fact-filled documentary. Yet their facts pass informative muster, and emotional validity, too.
  8. 63
    Path sometimes feels like 24 downsized into The Office. [18 Sep 2006, p.39]
  9. So much of the dialogue is just dull explanation, and so much of the action rehashes events that are already known. Worse, sometimes, it repeats itself.
  10. The miniseries asks a lot of patience on the part of viewers and gives too little in return.
  11. 40
    The six-hour film plays like a 9/11 version of "Syriana" or "Traffic," replete with ultra-close-ups and so much shaky, hand-held footage it can feel like being led around the world, half-drunk and half-blind.
  12. One could never call "The Path to 9/11 " poorly filmed and amateurishly acted. Just questionably written.
  13. Powerfully acted, artfully produced and shot like a truly riveting page-turner.
  14. An unsparing, and at times hyperbolic, portrait of bureaucratic turf wars, buck passing and complacency.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
  16. 63
    Too confused for a documentary, insufficiently dramatized for a movie, Path simply doesn't have the skill needed to support its intentions.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Earnest but scattered and a little plodding.
  18. A work as shapely as it is sprawling -- no small trick -- it renders the complex history that led to 9/11 with a ripping power that can at times feel overwhelming.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 56
  2. Negative: 23 out of 56
  1. BizT
    Jan 3, 2007
    10
    Fantastic! The only doubt I have is that Richard Clarke truly understood the threat from al-Qaeda and least of all that he was the only one who did. Although Stephen Root does a good job capturing the arrogance and phony humility Richard Clarke showed in his testimony before the 9/11 commission. Full Review »
  2. MattN
    Dec 26, 2006
    10
    This excellent portrayal of the events leading up to the horrible, predictable, preventable events of 9/11, should be seen by everyone. See how officials fight each other instead of the countries enemies. Full Review »
  3. kater
    Sep 26, 2006
    10
    truly excellent. Both parties look bad, but still most reviews are political.