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The Summit Reviews

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May 30, 2014
Structurally confused and suspect in its depiction of the events. Bad taste and poor decisions waylay any attempt at emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 27, 2013
Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2013
Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 25, 2013
The Summit rises above the foothills of cliché to bring some existential oomph to the accident scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2013
The Summit picked up an editing prize at Sundance, which you can only surmise was awarded because the film does a fine job of leaving you as confused as the people on K2.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2013
The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2013
It still works as a cautionary tale of man vs. nature hubris, but the endgame finger-pointing among survivors, their families, and one amazing Nepalese sherpa leaves the viewer frustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2013
The seriousness of the climbers' predicaments overshadows practically every quibble with the story.
October 11, 2013
This strikingly well-made documentary about a harrowing real-life incident lets itself down by taking a too-ambitious approach to the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2013
'The Summit' is at its best when it tries to get to the bottom of what went wrong up on that mountain, which leads to exploring what sent these people up there in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 10, 2013
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
It's frustrating not to know exactly what occurred when, how and to whom. Of course, some of this is due to the fact that nobody really knows everything that happened, except, as someone notes, the mountain itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2013
"The Summit" is an impressive achievement, but there's a good reason to ask whether cameras are turning the planet into a playground for the reckless rich: because it's there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2013
Ryan's film is visually stunning and viscerally powerful but nearly incoherent in its packaging of information.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2013
A film that feels curiously hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 8, 2013
recounts a harrowing tale of endurance, heroism, majesty and human psychology, but for a sport defined by slow, steady progress, Nick Ryan simply jumps around too much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2013
When it simply sticks to the facts of the tragedy, The Summit is gripping stuff.
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