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World Trade Center Review Critics


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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    World Trade Center shows us many things we already know, though with impressive flair, then plunges underground for an unconvincing drama based on a multitude of facts. It's upbeat, all right, but badly off kilter.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Where "United 93" was a superb example of masterful storytelling, World Trade Center is a more conventional rendering.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A scrupulous and honorable film. Yet it never comes close to being a revelatory one; it sentimentalizes more than it haunts.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    World Trade Center is Stone's most potent motion picture since "Platoon," and may be the most accessible across-the-board since "Wall Street."

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is a film of terrific selectivity. By focusing on two of the few who did survive the collapse, the film achieves emotional power and an uplifting ending.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Inspiring 9/11 account too much for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film isn't appropriate for younger kids and may be too much for sensitive teens. It includes explicit images of the World Trade Center Towers collapsing, mostly from inside the buildings (with crashing/exploding sound effects). It also features potentially upsetting television footage and recreations of Ground Zero, the air filled with smoke and dust, with fires burning. Early on, you see a body falling from a tower (and cops' horrified reactions); later, several men are crushed by the falling building; one dies on screen, gurgling blood from his mouth as another observes (again, horrified). At the hospital the victims' injuries are visible (broken limbs, bloody faces). Family members waiting for news are tense and sad, and some argue; a woman cries about her lost son; a pregnant woman vomits; some characters smoke cigarettes and use occasional harsh language.

  • Families can talk about the relationship that develops between the two survivors, John and Will: How do they keep each other alive by sharing personal stories? How does the community get through the waiting and grieving? How do the kids react to their fathers' unknown status? How do their mothers answer their questions in ways that are honest and also comforting?

    Families can also talk about their own recollections of the day and answer any questions kids may have about the tragic events.

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Characters cope with traumatic circumstances with resolve, courage, and compassion.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A shot of the hole left by one of the planes shows flames; a tiny figure appears from a long distance, jumping/falling from one of the towers; scenes of the collapsing towers are disturbing (loud noises, chaotic editing, cuts to black screens); people emerge from towers bloody and dazed; TV image of United Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania; men lying beneath rubble are plainly injured (they have trouble breathing, lose consciousness, describe their crushed knees and other damage; a trapped man fires a gun into the air, then dies.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A couple appears in bed together during a white-lit, happy flashback (some kissing, much laughing).

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k;" other profanity used by injured men.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mention of Target, CVS aisles show glimpses of products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigarettes.