Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    But where most rugged he-man films feature a few action sequences scattered throughout, director Renny Harlin keeps the adventure stuff in this reputed $ 65 million production coming at an astonishing pace.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    80
    Action filmmaking at its best; a career high for director Harlin and arguably Stallone as well.
  3. All of the performers are upstaged by the film's breathtaking backdrop, and by the fast and furious way Renny Harlin, the director, approaches action sequences.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Director Harlin's only large mistake is staging the several violent deaths too authentically. They momentarily mar the high-speed implausibility of a movie that, like his Die Hard 2, agreeably combines the edgy and the genial.
  5. It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go.
  6. 75
    Movies like this are machines for involving us and thrilling us. Cliffhanger is a fairly good machine.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    75
    Cliffhanger offers us breathtaking mountain scenery, some occasionally gripping action sequences, and a lot of gags--mostly unintentional and mostly courtesy of Sylvester Stallone.
  8. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    75
    As directed by Renny Harlin (the director of Die Hard 2), Cliffhanger passes the principal tests of an action movie - it has truly awe-inspiring stunts and special effects and many of its suspense sequences will leave you with your heart in your mouth.
  9. Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    After a tense, terrific, stomach-turning opening that may have moviegoing acrophobes recalling Vertigo, the film soon becomes the latest screen variation on cat-and-Mighty Mouse. [28May1993 Pg.04.D]
  11. 50
    The dialogue is routine, frequently punctuated by cliches, and the character-building scenes do little more than waste time.
  12. 50
    For all its technical sophistication, this movie is as blaring and unambiguous as a picture book for the very young.
  13. On the other hand, the brutality and sadism it delivers at every opportunity, which we're supposed to take for granted as part of the "fun," left me feeling that any civilization that can create such an entertainment may not deserve to survive.
  14. Make no mistake, the high-flying stunts in director Renny Harlin's film are definitely state of the art, and while they're going on, the film works up a serious level of excitement. But as soon as the action stops and the inevitable talking begins, Cliffhanger falls to earth with a considerable thud. [28 May 1993 Pg. F1]
  15. 40
    He's slightly more articulate than usual, but the lines still fall from his lips like beaten boxers to the mat. Not that it much matters, given the constant mayhem.
  16. It's an eroticism of nastiness -- triple-X fare for dirty old men in raincoats. If you resist this sleazy gorefest, you'll be right to feel proud of yourself.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. RyanW
    Apr 25, 2009
    10
    My dad and I are huge fans of Stallone and Cliffhanger is one of his finest. 2 thumbs up.