Man on Wire
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August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. He danced on this wire for an hour with no safety net before he was arrested for what has become to be known as the "artistic crime of the century."
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"It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The erasure of the towers adds poignance and irony to a documented event that is inherently thrilling and beautiful."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The pains of the public eye are acknowledged just as much as the joy this artistic endeavour brought people."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Not only a fun heist movie but also a moving tale of spiritual uplift and beauty."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Despite a known outcome, James Marsh's documentary offers sublime thrills - grafting the tense suspense of a heist film onto an existential dissection of artistic accomplishment and true friendship."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Interviewed today, Petit is a whale of a storyteller, and he recalls with relish the chilling details of that amazing day."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The details of how the event was planned and staged are fascinating, but a crucial element missing from the film is good cinematography of the actual event."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"By any rational gauge, Petit's WTC obsession was flat-out crazy, but Marsh takes a limpid, nonjudgmental view of it all."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a story worth telling, yes -- but after 90 minutes, it's hard not to wonder if the storyteller can talk about anything else."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax."
‑ Catherine Wheatley, Sight and Sound
"Man On Wire's cinematic tension that in the wire Philippe Petit balanced on as he walked between the Twin Towers in the history-making high wire stunt shown in this compelling documentary. The film's also a poignant memorial to the hallowed Twin To"
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"A feat like the one Philippe Petit pulled off deserves to be documented."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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