(2006)

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90

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
100
Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
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.
100
Wall Street Journal
Quite remarkably, though, its clear-eyed view of an unprecedented American tragedy leaves us with emotions that audiences of those earlier days would readily recognize -- love of country, bottomless grief, an appreciation of life's preciousness and fragility. A film that can do this and also teach is to be cherished. And seen. It's time.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.
100
Chicago Tribune
The superb United 93, from the British writer-director Paul Greengrass, does not waste time defining the undefinable. Nor does it strain for poetry when, with this story, prose is enough.
100
One of the most harrowing, viscerally upsetting films ever made.
91
Entertainment Weekly
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.
88
New York Daily News
I wouldn't recommend the movie to anyone, but if the families of the victims take something positive from it, as their cooperation with Greengrass suggests they do, that's justification enough.
75
There's just nothing artful about it, and it's Greengrass who deserves the credit. These nonactors don't act the way most people do when playing themselves. They act the way people do when they're being themselves.

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