Ladder 49 Synopsis
A firefighter (Joaquin Phoenix) awaits rescue from a burning building.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Because it is attentive to these human elements, Ladder 49 draws from the action scenes instead of depending on them. Phoenix, Travolta,...
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Celebrates heroes without turning them into saints.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There's a lot of flashy acting going, notably by Travolta, who has not been more engaging on-screen in a decade, and by newcomer Barrett, a...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Aside from the awesome flames and pyrotechnic scenes of crisis, danger, and part-of-the-job bravery, the movie is a quiet salute; it does...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Predictable, square, and honorable all at once.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A little humanity can go a long way to make up for a movie's shortcomings, and there's more than a little in Ladder 49, a surprisingly...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film is less of a drama than a tribute -- an ode, even -- to the spirit and tenacity of firefighters. Its makers hardly bother to...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Plays like a war movie made in a time of war: too careful, too programmatic.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Fails as drama but succeeds as a "When bad things happen to good firemen" procedural. It's sensitivity training for civilians.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There has been a need for a big-screen feature about firefighter heroics since Sept. 11, but as drama, Ladder 49 falls short of even the...
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
The ending still gets me...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense fire and rescue situations, and for language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Unabashed love letter to firefighters everywhere.
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