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Man on a Ledge (2012)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 102

Uninspired acting and preposterous plotlines defuse Man on a Ledge's mildly intriguing premise.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 30

Uninspired acting and preposterous plotlines defuse Man on a Ledge's mildly intriguing premise.



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An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective. -- (C) Summit Entertainment


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Pablo F. Fenjves

May 29, 2012


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (102) | DVD (2)

This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The solution to "now what do we do for 103 minutes?" is to pile as many silly distractions into the running time as possible.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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'Man on a Ledge' is our first legit contender for Best Worst movie of the year.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (14)
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This is one of the few movies that, with its skyscraper action scenes, probably needed to be made in 3-D. As it is, though, it's barely in 2-D - and really, I'm not sure it needed to be made at all.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's no escaping the sheer terror of a guy standing on a ledge that high up. "Man on a Ledge" delivers the sweats it intends to deliver.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
Detroit News
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When an action movie is as clumsy as "Man on a Ledge," it's begging to fall.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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After an interesting guessing game in the first forty minutes, it slips and falls to a terrible and clichéd death.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

This drama defies reason, logic and explanation but it can't defy gravity and ultimately falls flatly on its face.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

"Man on a Ledge" is not a film that will change the way we look at thrillers, but it is a film that has enough thrills to provide for a very entertaining ride

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sam Worthington's Man On A Ledge is an absolute mess of a film, from start to finish. It's silly, dumb and ridiculous.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The fact that it works is nothing short of a miracle. ... The balance between genuine threat and B-Movie silliness is just about right.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Certainly enjoyable and occasionally tense despite some wobbly performances and plot holes.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)

...depending on your levels of credulity - and blood alcohol - it might just pass muster as a late-night six-pack flick.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's pulp, airport fiction - the acting is mediocre, the characters are formulaic archetypes... but I didn't feel as if my time was wasted at all.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Man on a Ledge isn't a caper comedy. It's a heist picture, a thriller -- and a not-that-thrilling one at that. But the folks who made it have enough of a sense of humor to get how silly it is and run with that on occasion.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comment (1)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Man on a Ledge flirts with B-movie greatness but comes up short thanks to the far-fetched plot device used to power a clunky hybrid of heist flick/Hitchcockian wrong-man thriller.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

... The ledge is the movie's most dynamic performer.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comment (1)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Here, Leth makes Worthington's ledge a constantly frightening gimmick and the pacing between scenes is so effective, you'd be on the edge of your seat if the film didn't constantly make you feel for the back of your chair.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

a straight-up genre film with no ambition beyond keeping the audience minimally entertained with its workmanlike execution of a literally high-concept idea

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Given that it stars action drone Sam Worthington, you'll be wishing they called it 'Man off a Ledge' before long.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Yep, there's a man on a ledge in it.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's absolutely average. That's not exactly what you are looking for when your subject is about a man on a ledge.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

From minute to minute it's ingenious, gripping stuff...

February 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's something endearingly deranged about Ed Harris's performance as a conniving businessman ( ... ) perhaps he realised that the film wasn't going to be as good as we hoped and that he might as well pretend he was related to John Malkovich.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

[T]here is the problem of the man on the ledge being Sam Worthington... For the Great Mystery of Sam Worthington remains unsolved...: How is it that this guy is a movie star? He's got no screen presence, no charisma...

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comment (1)
Flick Filosopher

There's a professional slickness about the proceedings and it entertains for most of the time.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Man on a Ledge

"I really liked this. I wasn't blown away with it, but it was close to being great. I enjoyed the story. I thought the way they planned it all was very smart. I was even surprised by the ending when their in the bar. I didn't catch on to who the bartender would end up being. I love a good crime thriller and this one delivers. I thought Worthington and Bell were really good in this. I wish Burns would have been used a little bit more. Kyra had a small part too, but it fitted. I love Ed Harris too. The movie has a wide range of good actors in the movie. I think without them the film would have failed. They story unfolds as it goes and I never felt lost. I guess your suppose to have an aha moment, but unfortunately some of the suspense was guessed pretty easily. But still this was one of the better thrillers I have seen lately. I would definitely see this again."
November 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

For a thriller like this to work it has to rely on the small details but unfortunately the story is fairly light when it comes to those and instead tries hard to make the best of a good premise with very little to back it up with. The cast is eclectic but no one really stands out, in fact it's a bad day at the office for most, worst performance award is shared pretty equally. The script is fairly horrific too, especially in the dreadful scenes with Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Bell - possibly the most annoying couple in celluloid history? Hitchcock it ain't, it's quite arrogant to think it's as clever as that and I believe Asger Leth does.
November 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

two and a half...
November 1, 2012
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A man (Sam) walks onto a hotel ledge, ready to jump. He is an ex-cop who escaped from prison to prove his innocence. Exciting thriller. Great cast. If you like Inside Man or Phonebooth you will like this movie.
October 14, 2012
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