• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:    Renny Harlin
  • In Theaters:    May 28, 1993 Wide
  • On DVD:    Nov 11, 1997
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cliffhanger Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Whether Cliffhanger will bring Stallone's name back into the top echelon of action movie stars has yet to be determined, but if this film can't, the task may be impossible.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 3, 2013

The movie could also use more zing in its writing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 2, 2013

It's hard to think of a movie my feelings have been more divided on.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Fun for the undemanding, but Stallone's 'comeback' should have been much tighter.

David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

Cliffhanger is everything you'd expect from a summer blockbuster starring Sylvester Stallone--big, predictable, and dumb as houses.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
January 29, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
August 3, 2013

That rasping tension is soon smoothed away, as the plot sets off on its daft and hackneyed course.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2013

There's a visceral charge to the high-altitude chase scenes, but the thriller ultimately falls flat, even on its own limited terms.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A predictably thick-headed, occasionally plodding bacchanalia of blood, grunts and testosterone.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
August 3, 2013

Take away the mountains and what you have is a howlingly bad action film with a cornball villain out to steal a massive amount of United States currency from federal agents.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 3, 2013

Cliffhanger no doubt makes for a great coming attraction, but as a two-hour movie its claims are much more problematic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
August 3, 2013

Some movies get you so excited - so revved up on action and thrills -- that you almost feel like you're flying. Cliffhanger makes you feel like you're dropping.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 3, 2013

An unexpectedly average adventure movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
August 3, 2013

The fact that so much money was lavished on such a thick-headed project represents the height of fiscal ineptitude, but this is the kind of roller-coaster ride for which eager audiences will gladly check their brains at the turnstiles, so go figure.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Cliffhanger is a device to entertain us, and it works, especially during those moments when Stallone is hanging by his fingernails over a three-mile fall, and the bad guys are stomping on him.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 12, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 3, 2013

High adventure and vertigo blend with blood and bullets to make this tension-packed tall tale a spectacular avalanche of dizzying escapism.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 3, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002

One of Sly's best action adventure vehicles.

| Original Score: 3.5/5
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