The Summit 2013

The Summit

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While it could use more clarity than director Nick Ryan brings to bear, the real-life story behind The Summit still makes for compelling viewing.

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Filmmaker Nick Ryan uses footage, interviews and re-enactments to piece together events in August 2008 that resulted in the deaths of 11 people on Mount Everest.

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Critic Reviews for The Summit

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (13)

  • Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects.

    October 30, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream.

    October 24, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You have a tangled story being told by director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe in a somewhat tangled way. The result isn't as much confusing as it is distracting.

    October 18, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • First-time director Nick Ryan isn't entirely up to the challenge in "The Summit," but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt.

    October 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
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  • At once repetitive and puzzling. There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.

    October 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's something unsettling about a real-life tragedy presented as an action film; that the filmmakers never acknowledge this is more unsettling yet.

    October 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 18, 2015
    It's time shifting structure seems unnecessary in what is after all a documentary/docudrama and not a fiction film, but otherwise this is a gripping and desperately sad account of a tragedy on the slopes of one on of the most beautiful places on earth.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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