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Cliffhanger Reviews

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Top Critic
Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2013
it has truly awe-inspiring stunts and special effects and many of its suspense sequences will leave you with your heart in your mouth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 3, 2013
High adventure and vertigo blend with blood and bullets to make this tension-packed tall tale a spectacular avalanche of dizzying escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 3, 2013
The cinematography and gravity-defying stunt performances are exhilarating. The story, alas, is pure routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
Nothing in Cliffhanger could possibly surpass that terrific opening jolt, but it's a smart, enjoyable summer action thriller nonetheless, directed by Renny Harlin with the focused energy of a Boy Scout earning badges.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2013
Like the roller-coaster ride Cliffhanger clearly wants to be, the film sends you out pleasantly rattled and wobbly of gait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 25, 2010
We are not at Cliffhanger for realism; we're there for the cliffhanging, and there's plenty of it.

July 25, 2010
Big-budget nonsense that still manages to provide plenty of thrills thanks to its high-rise settings.

TV Guide
July 25, 2010
It may go down in screen history as the nail in the coffin of the Die Hard sub-genre, in which all the key elements of that blockbuster have been recycled to the point of self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2010
Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound. The movie is like one of those computer-designed simulator rides that whip you around until you're dizzy and aching but don't actually take you anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 24, 2010
As preposterous as this "Die Hard on a mountain" flick is, Cliffhanger remains one of the zestier big-budget action pictures of the nineties. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
Cliffhanger lives up to its title as a two-hour rollercoaster ride that never stops.
Cole Smithey
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 26, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
June 19, 2006
One of Stallone's best. Tense and Terrific.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
A popcorn summer movie with Stallone where he belongs, in the wilderness as a primitive hero fighting villains and the elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
August 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 10, 2003
One of the better Stallone spectaculars
| Original Score: 3/5
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