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The Summit Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times
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
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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-
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 11, 2013
The seriousness of the climbers' predicaments overshadows practically every quibble with the story.
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 8, 2013
When it simply sticks to the facts of the tragedy, The Summit is gripping stuff.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
October 8, 2013
"The Summit" does an amazing job of putting you on the mountain, making it one of the most terrifying horror films a climber or an acrophobe could ever see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
October 4, 2013
The Summit tries to make sense of what happened through this haze of fact and memory, but certain vital questions are left unanswered (through no fault of the filmmakers').
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2013
Nick Ryan's documentary The Summit pieces together the fateful expedition utilizing newsreel footage, new and old interviews with the climbers and their associates, and, regrettably, re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
October 4, 2013
The Summit joins a small but distinguished canon, which include Jon Krakauer's best-selling Into Thin Air and Kevin Macdonald's gripping documentary Touching the Void.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 4, 2013
The way director Nick Ryan seamlessly intercuts the recreation of the climb with the abundant archival film of the actual climb makes this one of the best mountain climbing movies ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 4, 2013
Homage to 37-year-old McDonnell and the others who perished or were seriously injured in that worst day on the world's most dangerous mountain.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
A complex and gut-clenching human drama that has the great advantage of all being true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 3, 2013
A pulse-pounding success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2013
Director Nick Ryan mixes in re-creations and actual footage to tell of an ill-fated climb involving an international group of established mountaineers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
October 3, 2013
Director Nick Ryan dramatizes this horrific tale through a variety of hindsight interviews from survivors and the dead's loved ones, footage shot by the climbers during their mission, and staged recreations ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
October 2, 2013
Reenactments in documentaries are always a tricky business, but here, they feel necessary. The staged scenes communicate just how visceral mountaineering can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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