Man on Wire Synopsis
Frenchman Philippe Petit makes an illegal high-wire walk across the World Trade Center.
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Wall Street Journal

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

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

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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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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Engrossing and exhilarating documentary.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
As suspenseful as a full-blown thriller.
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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...
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“MAN ON WIRE” – Taking a Towering Walk on the Wild Sides

By jimchudnow
This (British) documentary is the fascinating true story of French high-wire walker PHILIPPE PETIT & his amazing unauthorized strolls across buildings around the world, including his unauthorized 1974...

Man on Wire

By notalkingplease
Thoroughly entertaining. There was a lot of original footage of Petit performing other wire walking stunts, as well as footage of him and his friends planning and preparing for the Twin Towers. The...


By r.m.parker
Wonderfully constructed - the balance between original footage shot during the planning of the event and present-day interviews was perfect, presenting the events that led to this amazing stunt in a...

Not sure why it's gotten an overall so-so rating

By jimyyz
It's not Spiderman, folks, if that's the type of movie you are looking for. Who would ever want to toss a cable between the twin towers of the world trade center and walk back and forth for 45...

Wonderful Story - Memorable Movie!!!

By Bromeliad
If you love a good story, you must see this movie. The story of this daring stunt and the stomach turning views from atop the World Trade Center make this a fantastic movie. It has a lot of...

Man on Wire

By 8ways2bsmrt
Great documentary about a forgotten subject. In light of loosing WTC on 911, this film reminded me of the great towers, and the man who made them his obsession and passion. I recommend this...

Man on Wire is Taut and Terrific!

By EMart042
Don't miss this film just because it lacks the exposure of heavily promoted blockbusters. Man on Wire has more drama, suspense & artistic merit that the usual lot of summer movies combined. Narrating...

Who knew Phillip Petit wasn't nuts?

By NickK
This was a great movie. I grew up in the NY area when Petit did his marvelous and stupefying walk between the Twin Towers (RIP). This movie really captured the excitement, daring and planning that...

Man On Wire

By latka
If you are into some real interesting well-made documentaries, this is truly one to see! Everything about this film is excellent. The story is about Phillippe Petit, a high-wire performance artist...

Interesting, Fascinating, Unique and Funny!

By ingabinga1
What a breath of fresh air (compared to the baloney that the big Hollywood studios put out) This Documentary rocked!!!! I have a very short attention span, but I was glued to the screen the whole...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sexuality and nudity, and drug references