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But where most rugged he-man films feature a few action sequences scattered throughout, director Renny Harlin keeps the adventure stuff in this reputed $ 65 million production coming at an astonishing pace.
The New York Times
All of the performers are upstaged by the film's breathtaking backdrop, and by the fast and furious way Renny Harlin, the director, approaches action sequences.
Action filmmaking at its best; a career high for director Harlin and arguably Stallone as well.
It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go.
Movies like this are machines for involving us and thrilling us. Cliffhanger is a fairly good machine.
Cliffhanger offers us breathtaking mountain scenery, some occasionally gripping action sequences, and a lot of gags--mostly unintentional and mostly courtesy of Sylvester Stallone.
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 awe-inspiring stunts and special effects and many of its suspense sequences will leave you with your heart in your mouth.
Entertainment Weekly
Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound.
USA Today
After a tense, terrific, stomach-turning opening that may have moviegoing acrophobes recalling Vertigo, the film soon becomes the latest screen variation on cat-and-Mighty Mouse. [28May1993 Pg.04.D]
The dialogue is routine, frequently punctuated by cliches, and the character-building scenes do little more than waste time.

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