The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
The layers of narrative prove too diffuse, and there is not a good enough arc to hold a cinema audience for the duration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 4, 2010
There's inherent drama in watching a person amble up a mountain, but it's an act of bad faith to oversell a stunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 2, 2010
Respectable but often dry and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
An unabashedly romanticized docudrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
August 3, 2010
Everest looks suitably majestic in this IMAX documentary, though five different expeditions on the peak are awkwardly cobbled into one dubious narrative.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 6, 2010
You may not believe it's possible to bore people to death with a film about risking your life, but The Wildest Dream comes shockingly close.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 5, 2010
A study in gilding the lily, and talking down to an audience that shouldn't need this much overstatement.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
September 23, 2010
You'll be sweaty-palmed and mildly nauseous -- in the very best way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 2, 2010
The Wildest Dream is an often gripping account of the men who dare to climb toward heaven, and sometimes pay the ultimate price.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 6, 2010
The movie excels not in the plentiful shots of Everest's majesty, but in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2010
Geffen captures stunning images of the mountain as he follows Anker and Houlding in Mallory's footsteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 29, 2010
It will haunt you for days. And inspire you forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 13, 2010
What really brings the past alive in The Wildest Dream is those glorious voices.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
August 1, 2010
Just when you were fed up the whole idea of people climbing Mount Everest like it was a rollercoaster at Magic Mountain, documentarian Anthony Geffen reclaims a significant aspect of the mountain's storied history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cath Clarke
September 23, 2010
With the exception of some TV-duff recreations and CSI-style razzle-dazzle it is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
August 5, 2010
Turns nature into artwork, whether Anker's partner Leo Houlding is doing a crazy-dangerous climb without safety ropes or Anker's enjoying a view that makes him look parallel to the sun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Willie Waffle
August 6, 2010
Breathtaking visuals and fascinating storytelling
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 2, 2010
Proving Mallory's route was humanly possible is one thing, and certainly visually spectacular, but Geffen (and Anker) could have dug deeper into whether he actually made it or not, even if they couldn't prove it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 4, 2010
Photography puts you in the action as the cameras follow the intrepid climbers, making me really admire both in front of and behind the camera effort. All aspects of this documentary make it a solid, exciting true story.
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