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World Trade Center
Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they were struck by airliners piloted by terrorists. Both McLoughlin and Jimeno were inside the fifth… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"(Director Oliver) Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well -- with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The world may not make sense anymore, but Oliver Stone, a warrior still, celebrating courage and endurance, has, in his own way, come home."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"A questioning artist neutering himself for the sake of uplift"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For all its noble intent the film brings to celluloid life makes just about every fear anyone had about a Hollywood treatment of the 9/11 tragedy."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Stone rolls out the victim card minus historical context."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Destiny pervades the project, and anyone who expected Stone to toe anything other than the company line was gravely mistaken."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"[T]here's much discussion about whether audiences are 'ready' to see a mainstream movie about the events of 9/11... That's your choice, but you'll be missing one of the best films of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"A tentative mixture of tearjerker and disaster movie, cautious due to the requirement that it bear witness to the true-life heroism, staying within the tonal range that is sanctioned for American films depicting 9/11."
‑ Matthew De Abaitua, Film4
"No particular reason to exist other than to garland itself with medals for telling an Uplifting True Story About Good Men."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's 9/11 ingeniously structured as the basis of a Beckett play."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"[World Trade Center] doesn't pretend to encompass the entire catastrophe of 9/11, and that is its great negative virtue."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Stone may be the bluntest instrument in Hollywood's arsenal, but watching his new film about the collapse of the Twin Towers, I found myself nostalgic for his chutzpah."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"World Trade Center is not a great film. It barely passes as a good one. For a film that should have hollowed out its audience, I walked out strangely unmoved."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"A loving, respectful, much-deserved tribute."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"An emotional and gripping two hours plus that rarely flags."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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