'Munich' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   213 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Munich, Steven Spielberg's spectacularly gripping and unsettling new movie, is a grave and haunted film, yet its power lies in its willingness to be a work of brutal excitement.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    An unsparingly brutal look at two peoples all but drowning in a sea of their own blood, Munich is by far the toughest film of Steven Spielberg's career and the most anguished.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
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  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It seems almost disrespectful to weave in a provocative re-creation of the killings -- somehow a massacre of unarmed innocents that shocked the world should be more than just fodder for ginning up the tension at the end of a commercial movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    Simply stated, Munich is Steven Spielberg's return to seriousness and his finest film in years.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Spielberg surrenders to his own despair and lashes out . . . at the audience.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    The failure of a movie that is so good in so many ways leaves me to wonder if Spielberg is up to this kind of complex, multitasking story.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    Across the board, the film's performances are sinewy and tough, elastic enough to bend with misgivings.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    Munich is an action movie with a conscience, made by a filmmaker whose good work is still better than most directors' best.
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  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Munich can't decide where to end, so we get six or seven possible finishes, each exhausting.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    What a curious arc this movie has described: starting in terror, and ending up on the very brink of kitsch.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Do we need another handsome, well-assembled, entertaining movie to prove that we all bleed red?
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    Munich ricochets all over the place, but it hits its target dead-on.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Spielberg has given us the Special Two-Disc Extended Director's Cut DVD version when all we wanted was a lean, energetic thriller.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    Spielberg's usual competence is on display, in many ways, but Munich is like no other Spielberg movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    With no heart, no ideology and not much intellectual debate, Munich is a big disappointment, and something of a bore.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's overlong, psychologically unfocused, thematically devious and curiously anachronistic in its crypto-pacifism.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    It's rare for such a popular entertainer as Spielberg to fail to provide a rooting interest or, in its absence, a point of entry to one of his films.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Munich is essential viewing that should be rewarded for its bravery come Oscar time.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Like the superior Syriana, this isn't a Middle Eastern tale that offers much hope. It's just bloodstained history. And if we don't remember that history, Spielberg says, we learn nothing.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    An impressive achievement by a man in touch with his art and his soul.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Bouncing about from one flawed movie to another, Steven Spielberg has lost his way of late, and Munich finds him more disoriented than ever.
    Full Review » 9 years ago