Munich (2005)

'Munich' recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Munich can't quite achieve its lofty goals, but this thrilling, politically even-handed look at the fallout from an intractable political conflict is still well worth watching.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a smart, mesmerizing and often angry film, from a truly confident filmmaker, but it remains, maddeningly, just beyond our grasp.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Victoria Segal
New Statesman

Munich's passion is clear, its intention good, the skill behind it immense; there is something brave about its decision to take politics into the multiplex.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Everything that keeps it from being lovable could be looked upon as a virtue, and everything about it is intentional.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

It's an incoherent film, as if Spielberg desperately wanted to say something important and could only come to the conclusion that killing is bad and we're all human.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Munich is more measured and classy than Spielberg's action-adventures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Some Jewish guys volunteer to assassinate the Arabs responsible for planning the kidnapping of the Jewish Olympic team. Spielberg borrows heavily from The… More
Sophie Burgess
Whilst it's a bit too long for my liking, it's a great piece of cinema. I knew nothing about the real life event but now I certainly do (as long as… More
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Jameson Worley
An excellent movie! A little slow, but once the story and background information develops, it is worth the time because you're attached. I highly recommend… More
Dan Schultz
A well-done, delicately constructed drama that has a very personal feel to it from director Steven Spielberg, concerning the Munich terrorist attack against… More
Jim Careter
Munich is not only a genius film, it is the kind of film that makes me proud to be a Spielberg fan. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a… More