Vertical Limit Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 30, 2003
If you ever have the choice of being trapped, halfway up a mountain, or of watching this movie, than I advise you to don that parka and long underwear.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 8, 2000
People die in interesting ways. Audience cheers each time. At some critical point, any sense of tension dissipates and the whole exercise becomes a giddy death countdown.
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the better version.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Story and character development gets buried in an avalanche of illogical behavior and preposterous catastrophes.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 8, 2000
Vertical Limit has no plot -- or, rather, just a semblance of a plot.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 27, 2004
The air is thin in Vertical Limit, and so is the plot.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Barely two minutes go by in this picture without some kind of glaring nonsense in the script or the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Erik Childress
December 7, 2000
Suspense is apparently sustained by keeping the mountaineering info to a mum and making every character a moron.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 7, 2000
Isn't so much a man- versus- nature story as it is an idiots- versus- nature story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
February 7, 2001
Falla debido a la gran cantidad de clichés que utiliza
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 1, 2001
Climbing Mt. Everest or K2 is a rare accomplishment; so is keeping a straight face through "Vertical Limit."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A superficial but entertaining roller coaster ride of nonstop action.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
The year's most ludicrous action movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2000
If you lay aside that action and watch the people instead, it's a morass of dimwitted family crises and hack action-movie cliches.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 8, 2000
Lumbers from lardy exposition to climax overload.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2000
The mountain-rescue movie Vertical Limit doesn't just operate at the height of ludicrousness; it also puts marshmallow Chris O'Donnell in the business of saving lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
December 8, 2000
There's a huge surplus of edge-of-your-seat whatevers in this thin-air thriller about a rescue mission on K2. But by the end, you can't tell who's got more bruises: the actors or your nerves.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 8, 2000
An overblown and predictable melodrama.
| Original Score: C+
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 7, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
February 7, 2001
Mark Ramsey
February 7, 2001
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 7, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2001
Jason Anderson
February 7, 2001
Marc Savlov
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001

Empire Magazine
February 7, 2001

News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
February 7, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 19, 2002
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