The Summit
The Summit (2013)

K2, commonly known as Savage Mountain, is an extension of the northwestern Himalayan Mountain range and is located in the remote region between Pakistan and China. With an unprecedented fatality rate of one in four climbers, it has… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it could use more clarity than director Nick Ryan brings to bear, the real-life story behind The Summit still makes for compelling viewing.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Remarkably, The Summit achieves some of the same dizzying impact as Gravity -- by philosophical and psychological means, rather than special effects.

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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.

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Dan Schindel

Structurally confused and suspect in its depiction of the events. Bad taste and poor decisions waylay any attempt at emotion.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

At once repetitive and puzzling. There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

You have a tangled story being told by director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe in a somewhat tangled way. The result isn't as much confusing as it is distracting.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

There's something unsettling about a real-life tragedy presented as an action film; that the filmmakers never acknowledge this is more unsettling yet.

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Katherine Monk

The Summit rises above the foothills of cliché to bring some existential oomph to the accident scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
It's time shifting structure seems unnecessary in what is after all a documentary/docudrama and not a fiction film, but otherwise this is a gripping and… More