Ladder 49
Ladder 49 (2004)

Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, making the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran, struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often shortchanges his wife and kids. He relies on the support of his mentor and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Instead of humanizing the firemen, the movie idolizes them, and thus renders them into cardboard characters.

Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

A serviceable testament to the firemen who would bravely risk their lives to protect the safety of others, etc., etc.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Even the best scenes feel canned, secondhand, packaged. We've seen this all before.

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Joshua Starnes

Except for Jack no one else in the film is very well defined, and it often falls back onto types. The actors are good, and make the best of what they've got, but what they've got is very thin.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Ladder 49 might have been an oversized Hollywood dazzler. Phoenix keeps it firmly and modestly on a human scale.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The story of Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix), a guy so emotionally uncomplicated and unquestioningly dedicated to rescuing people he might have been raised by Saint Bernards.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Unabashed love letter to firefighters everywhere.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Offers audiences a real rarity in theaters these days: a good, honest cry.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An action drama/weepie that's so busy telling us that its characters are heroes, it forgets that they should be people first.

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Rob Gonsalves

A fairly routine firefighter drama, with burning-building sequences that more or less all look alike.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Mike S
All my life, I've always wondered what it would be like to work as a firefighter. The excitement, the comradery and the opportunity to save lives.… More
♥Robyn M♥
Given what happened to the firefighters in New York after the World Trade Center attacks, it was inevitable that a film showing the heroism of firefighters… More
Dean King
A very good, action drama about the life of a firefighter seen in flashbacks. It's quite entertaining, seeing him work his way from rookie to the… More
Wahida K
Everything they know. All that they love. Is what they risk every day.
Alex roy
Quite possibly the worst Joaquin Phoenix film. Ladder 49 is a crappy drama film with overused cliches and we've already seen it all before. A bad Fireman… More
danny d
in one sense, i feel like more films should be made about this subject. in another sense none will ever probably be as good as backdraft.