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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The soul of the film is the relationship between mountain-obsessed Mallory and his wife, Ruth, who corresponded in beautifully written letters brought to life by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Herman Melville would have dug this film. Because at bottom, it's less about the epic struggle of human vs. nature, or the soaring ambitions of the human spirit than about obsession. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This National Geographic production mixes two amazing adventures, neither of them quite what you expect. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    "Dream" brings together so much history, sheer adventure and terrifying moments. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The most powerful moment in the film is a tiny one. Anker and his Irvine, Leo Houlding, plan to reenact most of Mallory's climb wearing gabardine and hobnail boots instead of North Face and Gore-Tex. show more

  • 100
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    Part saga of days gone by, part psychological portrait of the mountaineering spirit, as well as a tale of adventure, Anthony Geffen's documentary will rivet fans of the sport and history buffs alike. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    There's inherent drama in watching a person amble up a mountain, but it's an act of bad faith to oversell a stunt. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The voices of Liam Neeson -- as the film's narrator -- and his late wife, Richardson, inevitably add to the project's poignance. show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    What happened to these men on that ascent is fascinating, though factors like differences in gear between 1924 and today means that definitively answering the question of how far Mallory climbed is not possible. Which seems, somehow, just as it ought to be. show more

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