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Man on a Ledge Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
January 31, 2012
This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 31, 2012
The solution to "now what do we do for 103 minutes?" is to pile as many silly distractions into the running time as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 27, 2012
'Man on a Ledge' is our first legit contender for Best Worst movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 27, 2012
There's no escaping the sheer terror of a guy standing on a ledge that high up. "Man on a Ledge" delivers the sweats it intends to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 27, 2012
When an action movie is as clumsy as "Man on a Ledge," it's begging to fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 27, 2012
A clumsily made thriller with very few thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 27, 2012
[A] jumble of cop- and heist-movie clichés, dotted with appearances by actors you liked in something else...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 27, 2012
Credibility takes a nose-dive long before its protagonist is separated from his perch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 27, 2012
Dumb, easy-to-swallow fun, more or less - the sort of movie that makes people say, "Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 26, 2012
Nobody should be this hard up for entertainment.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2012
The film succumbs to clichés, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2012
"Man on a Ledge" doesn't aim high, but what it aims to do, it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 26, 2012
A movie that doesn't realize that it should have been a comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2012
Oh, that the actual human dynamics of the unfolding story could have been as dramatic, as on the edge as that ledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
January 26, 2012
En route to its kitchen-sink climax, "Man" manages to both amuse and provoke, to cleave to convention and promote ideas.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 26, 2012
It sure is about a man on a ledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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January 26, 2012
The film's descent into generic silliness feels more painful than it should for a late-January thriller.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 26, 2012
The movie doesn't give an audience anything that makes sense. How does Harris smoke a cigar that appears to weigh more than he does? And whence is Worthington's accent?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 26, 2012
This noirish thriller is as self-knowingly ludicrous and thoroughly enjoyable as Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt or While the City Sleeps.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 26, 2012
The movie stays aloft on the sparks provided by Banks, Ed Burns (playing a skeptical cop), Anthony Mackie (as a cop to be skeptical about) and particularly, Bell and Rodriguez.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
January 26, 2012
"...it didn't entirely suck but sort of just petered out..."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 26, 2012
Like Cassidy, Leth never quite knows whether to jump or stand firm. Too often, he just winds up wobbling in the wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 26, 2012
You sense that someone could have made a good movie with this material. Unfortunately, Leth didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 26, 2012
Man on a Ledge made me think of an old Van Halen song: Jump.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2012
You can say this for screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves' story: It stays busy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 26, 2012
The movie cuts back and forth between two preposterous plot lines and uses the man on the ledge as a device to pump up the tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 26, 2012
Noisy street crowds and an "Attica!" shoutout allude to Sidney Lumet's classic "Dog Day Afternoon," suggesting what "Ledge" director Asger Leth is hopelessly, vainly reaching for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 26, 2012
The film really lives or dies on the integrity of its plot mechanics, with nary a theme to subvert or exploit. And to that end, it winds up as a calamitous heap of mangled gears, snapped levers, and rusty springs.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2012
For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 25, 2012
It's not a despicable film, to be sure, but it's a time-filler at best.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 25, 2012
"Man on a Ledge" is so cliched and reheated, it almost feels like a parody of a generic action picture -- only no one seems to be in on the joke.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 25, 2012
On balance, Man on a Ledge is fun, but I left the theater feeling disappointed and cheated, as if the filmmakers set me up for something great they ultimately couldn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
Time Out
January 24, 2012
Trusting an action drone like Worthington to anchor the human drama is a fatal mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
January 24, 2012
With his pickled shark's smile, Harris is a welcome presence left with regrettably little to do.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 23, 2012
This cloddishly contrived suspenser is too busy to bore, but too farfetched to thrill.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat.