(2006)

Critic Reviews

90

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.
100
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous.
100
Greengrass’s movie is tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise.
100
ReelViews
United 93 is powerful not only in the way it provides hope through the actions of a few unlikely heroes, but in its ability to take us back through time to a day many of us would prefer not to remember, but will never forget.
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.
90
The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
88
New York Post
It's a long, brutal and honest look at a shattering event some Americans would apparently prefer not to see depicted - but also a respectful, inspiring one that's in no way exploitative or emotionally manipulative.
80
Village Voice
Best understood as a memorial…Like most memorials, it is respectful, premised on competing obligations to the dead and the living, and eager to stress that the deaths were not in vain. It not only tells us we should never forget but also illustrates how we should remember.
80
Newsweek
This is first-rate, visceral filmmaking, no question: taut, watchful, free of false histrionics, as observant of the fear in the young terrorists' eyes as the hysteria in the passenger cabin, and smart enough to know this material doesn't need to be sensationalized or sentimentalized.
75
The A.V. Club
We all lived through this not so long ago; it's an odd thing to make a film whose most striking effect is its ability to bring the feelings of Sept. 11 flooding back, then close on a profoundly disturbing note. A crasser film would have been easier to digest and dismiss. It's hard to do either with United 93, and that's either its genius or its folly.

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