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Cliffhanger Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie could also use more zing in its writing.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's hard to think of a movie my feelings have been more divided on.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 2, 2013
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Fun for the undemanding, but Stallone's 'comeback' should have been much tighter.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David N. Butterworth

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2003
Nicolas Lacroix

| Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2004
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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That rasping tension is soon smoothed away, as the plot sets off on its daft and hackneyed course.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 3, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

August 3, 2013
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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A predictably thick-headed, occasionally plodding bacchanalia of blood, grunts and testosterone.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

August 3, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Cliffhanger no doubt makes for a great coming attraction, but as a two-hour movie its claims are much more problematic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An unexpectedly average adventure movie.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2003
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2013
Michael Szymanski

| Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2003
Scott Weinberg

One of Sly's best action adventure vehicles.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 27, 2002
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