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Munich Review

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3.5

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Munich, Steven Spielberg's spectacularly gripping and unsettling new movie, is a grave and haunted film, yet its power lies in its willingness to be a work of brutal excitement.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Munich is a Spielberg film for better and worse, a vivid, sometimes simplistic thriller in which action speaks louder than ideas.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A mesmerizing, richly nuanced inquiry into Israel's revenge of the Munich massacre of its athletes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Complex and powerful movie is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids. It deals with difficult ethical, political, and emotional issues, including terrorism, assassination, national identity, and personal responsibility. The film includes graphic violence: a fast-cut, swish-panny reenactment of the 1972 Black September assault on the Israeli athletes in their Olympic Village apartment, TV footage from that standoff, with cuts to tearful viewers (this ordeal serves as flashback material throughout the film). The assassinations portion includes images of explosions; shootings (mostly at close range, one sniper shot as well, resulting in a bloody head); dismembered limbs; bloody bodies; brain matter; a dead woman's exposed breasts and crotch. Characters drink and smoke. One man is left naked and dead following his night with a seeming prostitute (she's a paid assassin); a scene where the protagonist makes love to his wife is intercut with the murders of nine Israeli athletes at the Munich airport.

  • Families can talk about the justifications for vengeance. When does it ever make sense, and for whom? Is it possible to put an end to the cycles of revenge and terror? While the film has drawn some criticism for questioning Israeli counterterrorism tactics, how does it argue against terrorism and endless wars more broadly, as these traumatize soldiers and survivors even as they destroy victims? What challenges and decisions did the filmmaker face in portraying both sides of the story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Palestinian terrorists kill athletes; Israeli-sanctioned assassins come to question their own counterterrorist tactics.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Scary-looking, fast-cut assault on athletes' Munich apartment; a little girl in danger scene; repeated images of shootings, explosions, knifings, and other harsh aggressions that come to weigh on the hero's conscience.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Assassin left dead and naked in his bed; woman prostitute killed, with her breasts and crotch exposed; one extended sex scene intercut with murders of Israeli athletes at airport.

  • language false3

    Language: Cursing in frustration and anger (f-word).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking and drinking (beer, wine, and liquor at dinners and in bars).

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