Man on a Ledge


Man on a Ledge

Critics Consensus

Uninspired acting and preposterous plotlines defuse Man on a Ledge's mildly intriguing premise.



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An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective. -- (C) Summit Entertainment

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Sam Worthington
as Nick Cassidy
Elizabeth Banks
as Lydia Mercer
Jamie Bell
as Joey Cassidy
Anthony Mackie
as Mike Ackerman
Edward Burns
as Jack Dougherty
Ed Harris
as David Englander
Titus Welliver
as Dante Marcus
Kyra Sedgwick
as Suzie Morales
Barbara Marineau
as Screaming Woman
J. Smith-Cameron
as Psychiatrist
Patrick Collins
as Father Leo
Afton Williamson
as Janice Ackerman
Robert Clohessy
as Prison Guard
Joe Lisi
as Desk Sergeant
Candice McKoy
as Cop - Bullhorn
John Solo
as Cop - Room
James Yaegashi
as Police Technician
Daniel Sauli
as Police Technician
Frank Pando
as Cameraman
Michael Laurence
as Bearded Guy
Don Castro
as CSI Tech
Pooja Kumar
as Englander's Assistant
John Dossett
as Ted Henry
Sylvia Kauders
as Angry Traffic Woman
Jabari Gray
as Brooklyn Cop
Ann Arvia
as Investor
Erin Quill
as Cop - File
Arthur J. Nascarella
as Construction Worker
Jimmy Palumbo
as Detective
Gerry Vichi
as Older Orthodox Man
Geoffrey Cantor
as Gordon Evans
Brett Smith
as Tactical Leader
John Comer
as Correction Officer
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Critic Reviews for Man on a Ledge

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39)

  • There's a professional slickness about the proceedings and it entertains for most of the time.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A joyfully silly thriller that won't win any awards for subtlety, but it already knows that.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The ledge gives Worthington a run for his money. The giddy thrill of the story - perched high above the milling genre stereotypes - was grounded long ago.

    Feb 2, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Top Critic
  • This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 'Man on a Ledge' is our first legit contender for Best Worst movie of the year.

    Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is one of the few movies that, with its skyscraper action scenes, probably needed to be made in 3-D. As it is, though, it's barely in 2-D - and really, I'm not sure it needed to be made at all.

    Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man on a Ledge

  • Mar 09, 2016
    First of all even though the idea was pretty good it is so over the top and not really necessary and the more the film goes on the more silly it gets, The acting wasn't great and the ending was pretty poor, But it gets three stars for trying something different.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    The film offers quite an unusual and whacky promise, which is also the biggest flaw of the plot. Due to the fact that the idea of combinding a suicide attempt & a bank heist in a closey woven tale, there are only so many places the climax and solution of this film can go and that makes it pretty uninteresting to follow the film, once you have puzzled out what it is all about (which happens after 20 minutes into the film). The rest is just waiting for the plot to unravel, littered with cliches and mediocre (at best ) filmmaking. Alas, the performances (apart from Ed Harris of course) are not enough to carry the thin thrills and some are bordering on the abysmal (Sedgwick as Usual and Welliver is pain to behold). I also dislike when films cast so many female roles in unrealistic roles just to fulfil the Hollywood quota. So there is a tough female cop AND a super cool female thief (yeah right, this is not an Anime series you know). Anyhow, an average thriller, without the thrills, unremarkable and soon to be forgot, if it isn't already.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2013
    In "Man on a Ledge," Nick Cassidy(Sam Worthington), a disgraced NYPD detective, takes the opportunity of a fight with his brother Joey(Jamie Bell) at their father's funeral to escape from custody. Nick's next move is to check into a swanky midtown hotel, order an expensive room service meal and then go stand out on the ledge. Detective Jack Dougherty(Ed Burns) is the first on the scene but it is Detective Lydia Mercer(Elizabeth Banks) that he really wants to talk to, threatening that if she does not show up in thirty minutes he will jump. Which might be a little tricky considering the hangover she is currently nursing. And this is all before Nick starts hearing voices... To be fair, "Man on the Ledge" is far from perfect, as it should have kept Nick's identity hidden for longer. That's not to mention a grievously miscast Elizabeth Banks in a key role when Maria Bello would have been an inspired choice instead. Admittedly, I have a weakness for movies like this which start with a single incident leading to something much larger and at least this is honest enough to reference better movies that might have inspired it. Plus, it keeps things relatively moving, fun and contained, cleaning up any stray details it might have otherwise left behind while having a couple of things to stay about the class struggle in New York City and how the police might fit in.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2013
    What this is: Cheap thrills, good entertainment. What this goes with: Popcorn. Keeping this is mind, this is very decent fun. Solid mainstream fare.
    Ina S Super Reviewer

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