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  • Summary: Sarah (Turner) was an inexperienced climber. She trusted Gabe (Stallone) to rescue her. But something went wrong high above the valley floor. Cliffhanger is high-altitude avalanche of action: a non-stop adventure peak with suspense and capped with heart-quaking terror. (Sony Pictures)
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  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. 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.
  3. It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go.
  4. Despite the don't-look-down Olympian settings, Cliffhanger's spirit is brutal and earthbound.
  5. 50
    The dialogue is routine, frequently punctuated by cliches, and the character-building scenes do little more than waste time.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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