Cliffhanger Synopsis
Villains force Colorado climbers (Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rooker) to find lost loot.
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Variety

By Todd McCarthy
But where most rugged he-man films feature a few action sequences scattered throughout, director Renny Harlin keeps the adventure stuff in...
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80

Empire

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Action filmmaking at its best; a career high for director Harlin and arguably Stallone as well.
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80

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
All of the performers are upstaged by the film's breathtaking backdrop, and by the fast and furious way Renny Harlin, the director,...
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go.
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75

TV Guide

Cliffhanger offers us breathtaking mountain scenery, some occasionally gripping action sequences, and a lot of gags--mostly unintentional...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Movies like this are machines for involving us and thrilling us. Cliffhanger is a fairly good machine.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

As directed by Renny Harlin (the director of Die Hard 2), Cliffhanger passes the principal tests of an action movie - it has truly...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
After a tense, terrific, stomach-turning opening that may have moviegoing acrophobes recalling Vertigo, the film soon becomes the latest...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The dialogue is routine, frequently punctuated by cliches, and the character-building scenes do little more than waste time.
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