The Climb

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    For all the absurdist laughs (and not a few cringes) both men wring from it, their interplay feels both inherently ridiculous and entirely true to life; a bittersweet bromance writ in whiskey and spandex.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Climb" often gets in its own way. Just like its characters don't know when enough is enough, neither does Covino.
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    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's often quite funny, but it's also sad. It's grounded, but with all these tiny touches of surrealism.
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    Cringe comedy's premise is that old wisdom about train wrecks and why we can't help but stop and stare despite ourselves, and Covino and Marvin's movie is a convincing case in point.
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    The Climb entertains while capturing the cycle of two schlemiels whose bond exceeds the sum of their parts.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    The scene that kicks off The Climb is by far the best thing in the entire movie, but don't hold that against the picture - the rest of it is pretty great, too.
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    Robin HolabirdKUNR
    The Climb struggles amidst challenging competition, using a low budget and no recognizable stars. It conquers these limitations with a fresh and sincere take on meaningful aspects of everyday life.
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    John SerbaDecider
    A comedy that's peculiar and thoughtful but mostly peculiar, with its own weird flourishes and offbeat rhythms.
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    Witney SeiboldCritically Acclaimed Podcast
    Deeply understands and appreciates the bloviating and awkward aspects of adult male friendship that many films take for granted.
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    José MartínEl antepenúltimo mohicano
    [Michael Angelo] Covino and [Kyle] Marvin's script unfolds as a machinery of great precision. [Full review in Spanish]
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