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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mike Clark 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] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Movies like this are machines for involving us and thrilling us. Cliffhanger is a fairly good machine. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Cliffhanger offers us breathtaking mountain scenery, some occasionally gripping action sequences, and a lot of gags--mostly unintentional and mostly courtesy of Sylvester Stallone. show more

  • 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 awe-inspiring stunts and special effects and many of its suspense sequences will leave you with your heart in your mouth. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

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

  • 80

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

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    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. show more

  • 80
    Elvis Mitchell 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. show more

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