The Dawn Wall Reviews

November 16, 2019
The best mountaineering film (and then some) since Joe Simpson and Simon Yates first touched the void in 2004. Absolutely mesmerizing.
November 20, 2018
Spectacular cinematography married to a compelling personality with an amazing life story makes this one of the best documentaries of 2018.
October 5, 2018
One of a kind...striking
September 20, 2018
Thoroughly captivating and mesmerizing. As exhilarating, suspenseful and heartfelt as Touching the Void.
September 19, 2018
While the climbing scenes are white-knuckle exciting, the filmmakers understand that thrills alone don't make for a good climbing documentary. We have to care about the climbers before they set one foot on the rock.
September 13, 2018
It's the camerawork by director of photography Brett Lowell and cinematographer Corey Rich (along with many other contributors) that impresses the most here.
September 13, 2018
"The Dawn Wall" transcends initial conventional sports documentary trappings, emerging as an affecting portrait of conquering personal limitations.
September 13, 2018
Stuffed with drama, both climbing-related and not.
September 13, 2018
Hanging off fingertips so high pines on the valley floor look like green washing-machine lint -- that's Caldwell's safe place. The Dawn Wall is the best example of living vicariously.
April 20, 2018
The Dawn Wall is as thrilling as it is profound, proving that you don't need CGI and stunts to make a movie. It is, in other words, the real deal.
March 20, 2018
A riveting and spectacular documentary ...
March 18, 2018
As the most genuine of crowd-pleasers, it will have you rooting instantly for the two hardworking, charismatic athletes. You'll start to root for the filmmaking, too.
March 16, 2018
In the End, watching The Dawn Wall becomes compulsive like a certain sort of computer game, the viewer effectively drawn into the climber's obsession.
March 16, 2018
The real-life events that led to The Dawn Wall are events that work best as a documentary...
March 12, 2018
While The Dawn Wall brings you up close to the miraculous feat of Caldwell and Jorgeson, the backstory (particularly of Caldwell) is just as amazing.
March 12, 2018
Given what he overcame, there's no way not to root for this guy, especially given the amount of gut laughs that result from his bromantic chemistry with Jorgeson.