(II) (2012)

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Metascore

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80
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.
80
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.
80
The New York Times
The film over all is a pulse-pounding success.
75
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.
75
It's a measure of the movie's success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed.
67
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.
63
Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing.
63
There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.
63
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.
60
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.
60
Interviews with survivors fill us in on the personalities of the lost, but the background of K2, with archival footage from 1954, is equally gripping.
60
Though Ryan and Monroe prove adept at the film's most elemental factors, they don't offer enough backstory or characterization.
50
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.
50
First-time director Nick Ryan isn't entirely up to the challenge in The Summit, but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt.
40
Nick Ryan's documentary looks at the disaster by using interviews, actual footage and re-enactments. The latter move undercuts some of the movie's authenticity. Granted, there probably wasn't another way to film it, but it muddies the film's sense of truth.
40
It's still a hellish glimpse into one of climbing's worst days ever, and there's no way to resolve the unresolvable, but as it is The Summit, like K2 itself, remains an icily beautiful and altogether deadly mystery.

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