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United 93 Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

… deeply upsetting … Read full review

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

  • 5.0
    90

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Quite remarkably, though, its clear-eyed view of an unprecedented American tragedy leaves us with emotions that audiences of those earlier days would readily recognize -- love of country, bottomless grief, an appreciation of life's preciousness and fragility. A film that can do this and also teach is to be cherished. And seen. It's time.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Pulling the bandage of sentiment cleanly away from oozing concepts like ''heroism'' and ''our nation's war on terror'' in the aftermath of recent wounds, here's a drama about the most politically charged crisis of our time that grants the dignity of autonomy to every soul involved.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Story of 9/11 hijacking: harrowing, not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film isn't for younger kids. Upsetting and provocative, it raises sophisticated questions about the construction of history and uses of memory. The movie includes frequent cuts that create tension and link scenes in the jet and air traffic control, military, and the FAA centers. The hijackers betray nervousness but remain resolute in pursuing what they see as their destiny. Television images of the second plane hitting the WTC recall 9/11 as most viewers experienced it. The final assault by passengers on the hijackers is particularly grim and violent, with ragged images and blood splattering on a wall. Some strong language.

  • Families can talk about the uses of representing such tragedy and trauma: How do stories and images help us work through emotional wounds? How important is historical accuracy in a fictionalized feature film? How does the movie portray the hijackers, so that you see their nervousness and dedication, and not just cartoonish, one-dimensional "evil"? How do the many, mostly nameless, passengers appear heroic in ways that challenge movie conventions?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Crew members and passengers are smart and heroic.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: CNN's footage of the WTC burning, and the second plane hitting the second tower, approximates characters' perspectives, at once horrifying and unbelievable (again); hijackers carry knives and fake bomb; throats/shoulders slashed, stabbing, and an assault by passengers on the hijackers that occurs mostly offscreen, but shows blood splatted on the wall from a skull crushed by a fire extinguisher; last images are harrowing, blurry and rushed and fragmented, until the plane crashes and the screen goes black.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Language escalates as the action, frustration, and dread build; includes "damn," f-words, s-words, and "hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mention of drinks at start, during cabin service.

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