80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more — and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems.
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80

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
The film over all is a pulse-pounding success.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The Summit tells a multifaceted story that deals with more than the expected peril and exhilaration of adventure tales. Here you'll find love, fear and forgiveness, personality conflicts and cultural differences, even mysteries that have stubbornly resisted solving.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
It’s a measure of the movie’s success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Nick Schager
The proceedings somewhat sidestep the issues of risk and responsibility—including the raised, but never fully tackled, question of whether others should have gone back to try to save their fellow, trapped compatriots—that seem most in need of investigation.
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67

Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
I wish the film had probed more deeply into why anybody would face those odds. George Mallory’s “Because it’s there” has never quite cut it for me.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The Summit is a mixture of the inventive and the misguided in its attempt to recreate the circumstances of the August, 2008, disaster on the world’s second-highest mountain, K2, when 11 climbers were killed.
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60

Village Voice

By Chuck Wilson
The Summit is at its most powerful when the filmmakers simply tell the tale, which gradually develops the unsettling suspense of a horror movie, with K2 cast as the implacable killer.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Unfortunately, the film’s more moving and memorable moments are mixed in with a king-size (if not quite K2-size) jumble of too much information.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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