Cliffhanger Reviews

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Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2013
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
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 3, 2013
The cinematography and gravity-defying stunt performances are exhilarating. The story, alas, is pure routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 3, 2013
That rasping tension is soon smoothed away, as the plot sets off on its daft and hackneyed course.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2013
Like the roller-coaster ride Cliffhanger clearly wants to be, the film sends you out pleasantly rattled and wobbly of gait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 2, 2013
It's hard to think of a movie my feelings have been more divided on.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 25, 2010
We are not at Cliffhanger for realism; we're there for the cliffhanging, and there's plenty of it.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Cliffhanger lives up to its title as a two-hour rollercoaster ride that never stops.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Fun for the undemanding, but Stallone's 'comeback' should have been much tighter.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A predictably thick-headed, occasionally plodding bacchanalia of blood, grunts and testosterone.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.