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The Summit Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
October 30, 2013
Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 24, 2013
The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 18, 2013
You have a tangled story being told by director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe in a somewhat tangled way. The result isn't as much confusing as it is distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 17, 2013
First-time director Nick Ryan isn't entirely up to the challenge in "The Summit," but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2013
At once repetitive and puzzling. There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2013
There's something unsettling about a real-life tragedy presented as an action film; that the filmmakers never acknowledge this is more unsettling yet.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 10, 2013
It's frustrating not to know exactly what occurred when, how and to whom. Of course, some of this is due to the fact that nobody really knows everything that happened, except, as someone notes, the mountain itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 10, 2013
"The Summit" is an impressive achievement, but there's a good reason to ask whether cameras are turning the planet into a playground for the reckless rich: because it's there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 10, 2013
Ryan's film is visually stunning and viscerally powerful but nearly incoherent in its packaging of information.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 10, 2013
A film that feels curiously hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2013
Nick Ryan's documentary The Summit pieces together the fateful expedition utilizing newsreel footage, new and old interviews with the climbers and their associates, and, regrettably, re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 4, 2013
I'm afraid it will only leave some audience members with the same nagging question I had at the beginning. Why on earth do people do this?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 3, 2013
At once visually impressive and narratively unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
A complex and gut-clenching human drama that has the great advantage of all being true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 3, 2013
A pulse-pounding success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2013
Director Nick Ryan mixes in re-creations and actual footage to tell of an ill-fated climb involving an international group of established mountaineers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
October 3, 2013
Director Nick Ryan dramatizes this horrific tale through a variety of hindsight interviews from survivors and the dead's loved ones, footage shot by the climbers during their mission, and staged recreations ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
October 1, 2013
As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more-and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
It's a noble effort, but by wading into the murky waters of who acted heroically, and who, perhaps, did not, Ryan loses touch with the mountain itself ...
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
A gripping, cliffhanger document of a deadly trek up the most dangerous mountain on earth where 11 climbers lost their lives.