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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
October 3, 2013
At once visually impressive and narratively unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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 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 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 4, 2013
I'm afraid it will only leave some audience members with the same nagging question I had at the beginning. Why on earth do people do this?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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 10, 2013
A film that feels curiously hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2013
It's a noble effort, but by wading into the murky waters of who acted heroically, and who, perhaps, did not, Ryan loses touch with the mountain itself ...
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 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 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
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 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
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
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 11, 2013
The seriousness of the climbers' predicaments overshadows practically every quibble with the story.
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
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