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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It’s a measure of the movie’s success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 50
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 60
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    Though Ryan and Monroe prove adept at the film’s most elemental factors, they don’t offer enough backstory or characterization. show more

  • 40
    Randy Cordova Arizona Republic

    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. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

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