Man on Wire
Man on Wire (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 9, 2008
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Consensus: James Marsh's doc about artist Phililppe Petit's artful caper brings you every ounce of suspense that can be wrung from a man on a (suspended) wire.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The erasure of the towers adds poignance and irony to a documented event that is inherently thrilling and beautiful.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

The pains of the public eye are acknowledged just as much as the joy this artistic endeavour brought people.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

By any rational gauge, Petit's WTC obsession was flat-out crazy, but Marsh takes a limpid, nonjudgmental view of it all.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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Catherine Wheatley
Sight and Sound

The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
A magnificent feat told by its own participants. Emotionally engaging and exhilarating.
Jim Hunter
In the tradition of a heist film, this documentary depicts a high-wire artist's attempt at walking between the Twin Towers. Made in 2008, Man on Wire… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A stuntman/performer dreams up a stunt impossible to ignore in the modern day world full of been there, done that. True enough, I wondered what's the big… More
Melvin White
Philippe Petit: If I die, what a beautiful death!  "1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century." Wow, I was completely taken aback by Man… More
Spencer S.
A beatific documentary about a sole subject, this film was basically all about the feat that Petite pulled off, which comes off as sentimental and assured.… More
Anthony Lawrie
An exciting documentary/recreation of one of the best stunts ever performed by a rag-tag bunch of colourful characters. It's all made poignant by the fact… More

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