United 93
United 93 (2006)

This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers with cell phones that other hijacked planes had been steered into the World Trade Center towers, and the realization that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 is even more gut-wrenching because the outcome is already known. While difficult to watch, director Paul Greengrass' film has been made with skill and treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to the aggrandizement of which Hollywood has sometimes been accused. Especially effective is the cast of mostly unknown actors, who portray the passengers of the doomed flight as ordinary people who respond with bravery to extraordinary circumstances.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Greengrass takes pains to keep events believable and relatively unrhetorical, rejecting entertainment for the sake of sober reflection, though one has to ask how edifying this is apart from its reduction of the standard myths.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Even the undeniable heroism of the passengers on United 93 doesn't edify as it should.

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James Hughes
Stop Smiling

Above all, one truth remains: the sacrifice of the 40 passengers on Flight 93 is truly remarkable. The film portrays their courage in the face of staggering odds in its own subjective and respectful way. It achieves what it wants as a film.

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Time Out

United 93 might be an insular response to a global tragedy, but -- taken on its own, limited terms -- it is powerful and sincere, giving reign to pity and fear without indulging jingoism or sentimentality. For that at least it deserves applause.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

... this is a picture we all must see.

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Fernando F. Croce

A black hole

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose.

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Dana Stevens

... left me feeling curiously unmoved and even slightly resentful.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A flawed, but gripping well-crafted piece of drama...

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
For any American around during the events of 9/11 this is a tragically reminiscent film of that day. Very simple in its execution, and heart wrenching to watch,… More
Melvin White
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.: We have to do something, they are not going to land this plane. "United they stood." United 93 tells the story of the one… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
out of all the things you could pick to make money off of, you chose this???
paul oh
Strong and powerful, the film pays a strong tribute to those on 9/11.
Jay Hutchinson
While we can never be sure what exactly happened aboard this flight, the sober, realistic mood of this film paints a believable, appropriate portrait of the… More
Eric Alvarez
Sad, sad, sad, and sad because these events really happened on one of the most terrifying days in American history. I love films that grab a hold of your mind… More