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Vertical Limit Reviews

Time Out
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Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 25, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
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February 7, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The pace of the movie rarely flags (neither does the idiocy, alas) and it's enough to warrant a marginal recommendation.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 8, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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This is a movie that means to keep you involved and, preferably, gasping from start to finish . At that, it certainly does succeed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2000
David Germain
Associated Press
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When the characters just shut up and dangle, Vertical Limit becomes one heck of a wild time.

December 8, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Certainly a movie in which people are forced to test themselves in unpleasant situations. But the people I have in mind are the people in the audience.

December 8, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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But at its worst, Vertical Limit makes you weary with its stock characters and de rigueur explosions, avalanches, collapsing crevices and the like.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 8, 2000
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An overblown and predictable melodrama.

| Original Score: C+

December 8, 2000
Gene Seymour
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 8, 2000
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The film has unusually witty dialogue for a movie of this genre.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

December 8, 2000
Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
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Far too often, Vertical Limit still has to get back to its plot.

December 8, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Nearly all, from a gut-crunching helicopter drop to a literal cliff-hanger of excruciating tension, will have you mentally grasping for a lifeline, even if you fail to completely comprehend what's going on.

December 8, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2000
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USA Today
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The visuals are stunning, but that's not enough. They can't make up for this predictable story populated by cardboard-cutout characters. The film needs more rescuing than that.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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For all the pains that have been taken to plunk us vicariously alongside the frozen peril, Vertical Limit is mostly a joke that keeps getting unfunnier.

December 8, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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One of the most thrilling - and authentic - mountain-climbing films in recent memory.

December 8, 2000
Charles Taylor
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The picture cuts from story thread to story thread, and in such a choppy fashion that we're rarely given the vistas that would allow us to take in the physical layout of the action.

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December 8, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Made from obvious formulas and pulp novel conflicts, but strongly acted and well crafted.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Lumbers from lardy exposition to climax overload.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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If you lay aside that action and watch the people instead, it's a morass of dimwitted family crises and hack action-movie cliches.

December 8, 2000
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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Vertical Limit kept testing my horizontal limit. Everytime anybody talked I started to fall asleep.

| Original Score: C-

December 8, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2000
Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
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The special effects look good, the stunts and cinematography are outstanding, and once the film gets moving, there are few extraneous moments.

December 7, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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While a good deal of Vertical Limit is undeniably by the numbers, it has become increasingly rare to see those digits whipped into this kind of shape.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2000
Sean Means
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O'Donnell is the hole of an otherwise tasty little donut called Vertical Limit, a go-for-broke mix of survival story and rescue adventure on the Himalayan peak K2.

December 7, 2000
Robert Horton
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Vertical Limit is so wound up in its own bungee cords, it leaves itself hopelessly tied in knots.

December 7, 2000
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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Director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Goldeneye) sets out to meld a heart-tugging tale of reconciliation with a high-altitude thriller. For the most part he succeeds.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 7, 2000
James Berardinelli
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It's possible to experience a few white knuckle moments without being in danger of catching frostbite.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2000
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Action is what this movie does best.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Those of us who can't help but tweak our casual acrophobia by peering down from a 20 story balcony will find it hard to pass up a movie like Vertical Limit.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
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More than fills the bill as roller-coaster-ride entertainment.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Story and character development gets buried in an avalanche of illogical behavior and preposterous catastrophes.

January 1, 2000
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