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16 Acres

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Richard Hankin

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About the Movie

The rebuilding of ground zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of "sacred" land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the engineering challenges, various constituencies – politicians, developers, architects, insurance companies, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims – profess conflicting claims to the site. 16 Acres is the story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A documentary that features forthright interviews with major players and gives a good sense of the infighting and pettiness without getting bogged down in it. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Nov 15, 2012

Fresh: An uncommonly engrossing and articulate documentary. – John Anderson, Variety, Nov 14, 2012

Fresh: A fascinating portrait of municipal and private interests trying to make headway in the charged atmosphere of devastating personal loss and wounded national pride. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Dec 13, 2012

Fresh: This alternately amusing and heartbreaking documentary coherently chronicles the endles process of rebuilding Ground Zero. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 16, 2012

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16 Acres
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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