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Ladder 49

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jay Russell

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About the Movie

Academy Award(R) nominated stars Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta ignite the intense action in this heroic tale of ordinary men with uncommon courage! As part of a tightly knit brotherhood of skilled firefighters, Jack Morrison (Phoenix) grows from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran as he faces a dangerous job that makes him a hero to strangers but often shortchanges his wife (Jacinda Barrett) and kids. Then, when he becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, the things Jack holds most important -- family, duty, courage -- come sharply into focus.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 159
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 95
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ladder 49 might have been an oversized Hollywood dazzler. Phoenix keeps it firmly and modestly on a human scale. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: In its determination to create a tribute, the filmmakers smooth too many edges and simplify too many complex emotions. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Plays as if the filmmakers compiled a list of every smoke-eater cliche imaginable and then resolutely set about crossing them off. – Megan Lehmann, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Even the best scenes feel canned, secondhand, packaged. We've seen this all before. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews


i wish they had it on buy movie

Amazing Movie

Please Make It Available To Purchase.

Rental only = 4 stars

W/O a doubt one of the best looks in to emergency services and the effect it could have on families. Only reason it gets four stars is that its not available for purchase. Make it buyable and I change my rating.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2004

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