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Steep (2007)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 22

Steep is a mixed bag of breathtaking mountain footage and yawn-inducing banter.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

Steep is a mixed bag of breathtaking mountain footage and yawn-inducing banter.



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Traces the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the death-defying daredevils of today.


Documentary, Sports & Fitness

Mark Obenhaus

Mar 18, 2008

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A tedious movie about excitement.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As enchanting as all this alpine footage can be, as a movie, Steep is flat.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Sometimes it takes escaping death to feel alive -- especially if we have survived a cancer scare, a road accident or some other potentially fatal encounter. But Steep is about those who actively seek that dance with danger.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Steep is a throwback to the early days of movies when the sight of things in motion was a thrill in itself. Seeing leaves rustling in the wind or waves on the sea was a marvel.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Steep is one of those rare endeavors able to touch on the human condition without neglecting the film's true star: big-mountain skiing.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Obenhaus's movie certainly contains a lot of spectacular photography.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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While it desperately wants to crossover to a mainstream audience, it is what it is: a movie for skiers.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Steep is more promo-reel than documentary.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Catch this on an IMAX screen if you're interested, but for a great movie about mountain-based triumphs of the human spirit check out the inspirational Blindsight instead.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

In this handsomely shot documentary about extreme skiing, thrill-seeking devotees boast of their exploits, but shed no light on what drives them to risk their lives.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It gets a little wearing, hanging out with these lions, but there's no denying the beauty of the landscape, with its fluttering avalanches, plumes of powder and vertiginous, zigzagging descents.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Remarkably, given the extraordinary descents captured on film and despite the less than subtle stirring score, the film is ultimately lacking in any real excitement.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Amazing imagery of remarkable achievements and a chronicle of the sport but one that could have dug a little deeper into the psychology of the extreme skiers.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

If you're a fan of 'extreme skiing' (ie. hurling yourself down terrifyingly steep terrain with sticks on your feet), this film is your Holy Grail.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's awe-inspiringly beautiful footage in Steep and awe-inspiringly stupid talk.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's nearly impossible to walk away without a new motivation to find what can make you feel the way these characters do.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The tediousness becomes a little too palpable and the film's first half is frankly dull, despite some fine acting from Depardieu and Balibar.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Leaves us with images that aren't easily forgotten and a grudging respect for people who blaze new trails in search of a thrill.

February 15, 2008
Kansas City Star

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Sure makes for a purdy screensaver.
July 6, 2008

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