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Much as Steven Spielberg followed 1993's special-effects blockbuster Jurassic Park with a far more downbeat and personal project later the same year, Schindler's List, in 2005 after tearing up the box office with War of the Worlds the director closed out the year with a powerful and thoughtful drama about the human costs of international terrorism. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"It's a smart, mesmerizing and often angry film, from a truly confident filmmaker, but it remains, maddeningly, just beyond our grasp."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Like the superior Syriana, this isn't a Middle Eastern tale that offers much hope. It's just bloodstained history. And if we don't remember that history, Spielberg says, we learn nothing."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This punishing, borderline amoral picture is Spielberg at his most bleak, and most challenging. It refuses to pick sides and resonates in unsettling ways."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Laceratingly charged, thunderstriken virtually, by Spielberg's deeply felt moral analysis"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A longing for home is the central core to Spielberg's powerful dissertation."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Everything that keeps it from being lovable could be looked upon as a virtue, and everything about it is intentional."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The ultimate problem with Munich is that it's looking for a clear-cut answer that doesn't exist. And while it frames its final act as an argument, it's an argument it's having with itself."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Munich is an important story to be sure but an important movie isn't the same as a great one. It's told in such a muddled way the message is easily lost, except for the moments when it is hammered home at the cost of story-telling believability."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"An utter masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Munich is one of those rare films that transcends art and taps directly into the consciousness of a hate-battered world."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a brutal, merciless, somber picture, utterly devoid of the heart-tugging sentimentality that always creeps into even his best films. It is also, unfortunately, timid when it should be bold and clunky when it should be eloquent."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Spielberg described Munich as his 'prayer for peace,' yet his movie strangely lacks the eloquence and yearning of a prayer."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"There's about an hour's worth of greatness in Munich."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Munich also succeeds where some of Spielberg's other films have not in its lack of his usual sentimentality."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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