The Climbers Reviews

October 4, 2019
While emphasizing spectacle over substance, this true-life adventure about Chinese mountaineers trying to climb Mount Everest is only sporadically stirring.
October 4, 2019
Lee balances vertiginous, windswept set-pieces with satisfying character beats.
October 1, 2019
The Climbers had the potential to be a gripping drama-thriller and project China's soft power while doing so, but instead the overt focus on fighting for national pride makes the film a flop.
October 1, 2019
Impressive sound design, which makes every carabiner clink and boulder impact seem monumental, and Lee's skilled use of close-up photography (combined with fast-cut montage editing) make The Climbers worth seeing on a big screen.
October 1, 2019
None of the relationships transcend narrative function, and so death, rage and reconciliations ring hollow.
October 1, 2019
This account of the Chinese Mount Everest expeditions in 1960 and 1975 is a nationalistic spectacle that, curiously, often also allows personal sentiment to get in the way of the greater good.