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Vertical Limit Reviews

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April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2000
The pace of the movie rarely flags (neither does the idiocy, alas) and it's enough to warrant a marginal recommendation.
December 8, 2000
This is a movie that means to keep you involved and, preferably, gasping from start to finish . At that, it certainly does succeed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2000
When the characters just shut up and dangle, Vertical Limit becomes one heck of a wild time.
December 8, 2000
Certainly a movie in which people are forced to test themselves in unpleasant situations. But the people I have in mind are the people in the audience.
December 8, 2000
But at its worst, Vertical Limit makes you weary with its stock characters and de rigueur explosions, avalanches, collapsing crevices and the like.
December 8, 2000
An overblown and predictable melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 8, 2000
There's a huge surplus of edge-of-your-seat whatevers in this thin-air thriller about a rescue mission on K2. But by the end, you can't tell who's got more bruises: the actors or your nerves.
December 8, 2000
The film has unusually witty dialogue for a movie of this genre.
December 8, 2000
Far too often, Vertical Limit still has to get back to its plot.
December 8, 2000
Nearly all, from a gut-crunching helicopter drop to a literal cliff-hanger of excruciating tension, will have you mentally grasping for a lifeline, even if you fail to completely comprehend what's going on.
December 8, 2000
The mountain-rescue movie Vertical Limit doesn't just operate at the height of ludicrousness; it also puts marshmallow Chris O'Donnell in the business of saving lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 8, 2000
The visuals are stunning, but that's not enough. They can't make up for this predictable story populated by cardboard-cutout characters. The film needs more rescuing than that.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2000
For all the pains that have been taken to plunk us vicariously alongside the frozen peril, Vertical Limit is mostly a joke that keeps getting unfunnier.
December 8, 2000
One of the most thrilling - and authentic - mountain-climbing films in recent memory.
December 8, 2000
The picture cuts from story thread to story thread, and in such a choppy fashion that we're rarely given the vistas that would allow us to take in the physical layout of the action.
December 8, 2000
Made from obvious formulas and pulp novel conflicts, but strongly acted and well crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2000
Lumbers from lardy exposition to climax overload.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 8, 2000
If you lay aside that action and watch the people instead, it's a morass of dimwitted family crises and hack action-movie cliches.
December 7, 2000
Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2000
The special effects look good, the stunts and cinematography are outstanding, and once the film gets moving, there are few extraneous moments.
December 7, 2000
While a good deal of Vertical Limit is undeniably by the numbers, it has become increasingly rare to see those digits whipped into this kind of shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2000
O'Donnell is the hole of an otherwise tasty little donut called Vertical Limit, a go-for-broke mix of survival story and rescue adventure on the Himalayan peak K2.
December 7, 2000
Vertical Limit is so wound up in its own bungee cords, it leaves itself hopelessly tied in knots.
December 7, 2000
Director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Goldeneye) sets out to meld a heart-tugging tale of reconciliation with a high-altitude thriller. For the most part he succeeds.
December 7, 2000
It's possible to experience a few white knuckle moments without being in danger of catching frostbite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2000
Action is what this movie does best.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Those of us who can't help but tweak our casual acrophobia by peering down from a 20 story balcony will find it hard to pass up a movie like Vertical Limit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
The year's most ludicrous action movie.
January 1, 2000
More than fills the bill as roller-coaster-ride entertainment.
January 1, 2000
Story and character development gets buried in an avalanche of illogical behavior and preposterous catastrophes.