100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The sight is magical and heartbreaking in equal measure. Look, the movie says: Where so many would fall, a man walks on air.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The gorgeous music includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' wafting tone poem ''The Lark Ascending'' -- apt in describing an artist who might well be part bird.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Delightful.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Engrossing and exhilarating documentary.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
History has made his midair stroll meaningful, but the film shows how even then, everyone - from Petit to his accomplices to the cops who were waiting for him atop the North Tower - recognized the stunt's crazy poetry.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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