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Cliffhanger Reviews

Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
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it has truly awe-inspiring stunts and special effects and many of its suspense sequences will leave you with your heart in your mouth.

| Original Score: 3/4

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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The cinematography and gravity-defying stunt performances are exhilarating. The story, alas, is pure routine.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

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
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
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
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
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Like the roller-coaster ride Cliffhanger clearly wants to be, the film sends you out pleasantly rattled and wobbly of gait.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

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
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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We are not at Cliffhanger for realism; we're there for the cliffhanging, and there's plenty of it.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 25, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound. The movie is like one of those computer-designed simulator rides that whip you around until you're dizzy and aching but don't actually take you anywhere.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 7, 2010
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Cliffhanger lives up to its title as a two-hour rollercoaster ride that never stops.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Cliffhanger, the new high-altitude thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, wastes no time in establishing its first priority, that of sending its audience into a cold sweat.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
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
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Just pull the plug on your judgment, good sense and values. Remember to leave enough motor skills to face forward -- that's where the screen is.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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