North Face (Nordwand)
North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

Based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense and gripping spectacular piece of snow-bound historical German film-making.

Ian Buckwalter

The mountaineers climb for reasons that have little to do with nationalism - reasons the film clumsily attempts to articulate in words. It's far more successful conveying those inspirations with stunning images of them scaling daunting heights.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

North Face" is something of an old-fashioned epic shot with modern wisdom and technique, a man vs. nature flick that also weighs the importance of the individual vs. the social while exposing the mean cost of vicarious thrills.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Epic, intimate and gripping.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

A straightforward, wickedly suspenseful Man vs. Nature saga of the type that rarely gets made any more.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The word "gripping" doesn't do it justice.

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Don Groves

Harrowing German drama is a real cliffhanger.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Philipp Stolzl worked in the same dangerous conditions as the original climbers, and we can feel the chill and peril in our bones. It's a shame, then, that the screenwriter, unlike the camera crew and the characters, was afflicted with such timidity.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

This white-knuckle adventure is a literal and metaphoric cliff-hanger that gets a spectacular foothold on an unforgiving mountain.

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Louis Proyect

Very likely the best movie ever made about mountain climbing, with some barbed commentary on life under Nazism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Luise: When you're at the bottom - Toni once told me - at the foot of the wall, and you look up, you ask yourself: How can anyone climb that? Why would… More
Sheldon Chau
A cinematographically-breathtaking, visually-stunning, and heart-gripping survival thriller that succeeds in every technical level, NORTH FACE immerses us into… More
Cynthia S.
The scenery was spectacular, and the events astounding, to say the least. Based on a true story, this portrays how the national socialists used mountaineers as… More
Neum Daddy
A few regrettable clichés aside, it was a bone-chilling experience... It's a film you need to watch while wearing a jacket. It's a stirring climbing… More
Walter M.
By 1936, climbing the north face of the Eiger proved a formindable challenge that no climber could resist while at the same time proving equally deadly.… More
Cameron Johnson
I reckon during the Nazi era, Germany was going to conquer Switzerland one way or another, even if all they were going to do was conquer some rock face in the… More