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  • Summary: Nick Cassidy makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond. Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting the eyes of New York City to anxiously watch as one wrong step could mean plunging to his death. But as one police negotiator soon learns, Nick's daredevil stunt, captivating the eyes of the public and media, masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name. With the help of his brother and with time running out, Nick's intricate plan must work perfectly, but when you're on the 25th floor ledge of a building, going down takes on an entirely more hair-raising meaning. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 26, 2012
    75
    Man on a Ledge doesn't aim high, but what it aims to do, it does. It grabs the audience's attention, engages its anxieties, stokes its resentments and, at the finish, sends people out saying, "That was good."
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 26, 2012
    60
    The ending, for instance, is so ridiculously tidy it squeaks. But en route to its kitchen-sink climax, "Man" manages to both amuse and provoke, to cleave to convention and promote ideas.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 23, 2012
    50
    This cloddishly contrived suspenser is too busy to bore, but too farfetched to thrill, combining routine heist-thriller machinations with dialogue that often thuds like a body hitting asphalt.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 27, 2012
    50
    As ridiculous as it is, Man on a Ledge isn't a movie that requires suspension of disbelief. It requires the absolute absence of it.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 25, 2012
    40
    In the end it's all much ado about not so much, a semifunctional thriller that tingles but never terrifies. Ledge schmedge.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 26, 2012
    38
    More often the film succumbs to clich├ęs, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 26, 2012
    10
    Rarely has a film exhibited a bigger disconnect between urban realism and utter ludicrousness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    Man on a ledge is a fantastic film, really, because the cast have an awesome performance and do that the film be interesting, the trama can be simple but is perfect, this film is really great, I love it. Man on a ledge is a new classic. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2013
    9
    Have to say this film really exceeded my expectations lots of original angles and ideas plus some gripping action sequences. I like that it peppered the story with light humour here and there, and even though the ending takes a small liberty or two, it is a very satisfying rollercoaster ride. Great directing and strong performances all round I especially liked the behind the scenes elements on the dvd definitely adds to the sense of realism and attention to detail. This had a nice touch of mission impossible mixed into a ledge scenario which naturally offers limited room to move. Overall I loved it. Haven't before referred to other reviewers but Sickdrummer1 you are a genius. Well done. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    8
    Most of the movie is the guy out on the ledge talking to a cop while his partners are stealing a diamond from a nearby building and while this is happening it is quite exiting but once it starts to get into the reason he is doing it towards the end, it gets a bit messy and confusing. For a bit its not very clear why hes telling the cop hes doing it, why hes really doing it, and whether or not they are actually the same reason. In the end though it does make sense and its a pretty good resolution to the story. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2012
    7
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  5. Sep 25, 2013
    6
    It's apparent not too long into 'Man on a Ledge' that the premise of it is more than it seems, as Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) takes to a ledge on one of the highest floors of a New York hotel, but it's immediately clear that he doesn't have much intention of jumping, that a sleight of hand is in place. Without giving too much away, it's pretty clear that Nick Cassidy isn't up there for the view, or to leap off to his death, but what follows is aiming too much above its weight to the exhausting point of this steak being overdone. We are lead down a path of conspiracies and ulterior motives, this is when it's easy to realise that the movie acts a lot more seriously than it should, a preposterous twinning of two stories leaves the film fun and cheerful, but not as dramatic as it is trying to be. What irritates me is the fact that we start off with Nick climbing to the ledge, where we then see a month before where he is in prison, what could have been set up here is a simple dramatic piece of a man seeing error in his decisions, but instead a thriller with many shady characters and money falling from the sky to create diversions, this turns into a heist, to mask a thievery that didn't, emm, actually happen. Elizabeth Banks plays the negotiator who attempts to talk Nick down, she has her own regretful past as she sees that Nick isn't who he says he is. As a thriller, this certainly isn't a a dull affair, with plenty of pulsating action and several twists and turns throughout, but it's also entirely ridiculous and over the top, trading what was a good thing. The lead characters each bring something to the table, but in the grand scheme of things, they get lost in all the flashy ideas that we are given and they must settle for playing second fiddle to an over-arching story. Worthington plays a calm and collective individual on the ledge, but he is much more interesting on the ground when we learn about his past, but the chemistry between himself and Banks feel real and worthwhile. Supporting cast members Anthony Mackie and Titus Welliver deliver solid albeit limited performances, they have significant roles yet small appearances throughout the film. This sums up just how big and serious the film attempts to be, but everything is too co-ordinated to the point where the heroes never seen to be in danger, it's a fun thrill, but one which is playful and entertaining, not one which is too convincing in its execution. Expand
  6. Feb 5, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was actually surprised by this movie. When i first heard about a movie called "Man on a ledge" i was like, wow really? how did they possibly come up with that name? I thought it would be really dumb, but I work at my local movie theater and the majority of the people who saw this movie said it was pretty good. So i became intrigued. I finally decided to just go see it. Going into it with low expectations I was a bit surprised. It was good, but obviously not Oscar material or anywheres near that. With a pretty solid cast all around, including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bereau, The Hurt Locker) Ed Harris (Alot of movies) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). The cast made the movie look better than it actually was. Although Sam Worthington seems as though he just does any movie he can, hes still a pretty good actor, at least in the 2 movies i listed. The plot obviously is all around weak and very predictable. Everybody with a brain knows what is going to happen in the end. They were some very unrealistic factors in this film such as Sam Worthingtons character making a 25 story leap of faith jump, and just so happens to hit this 15 foot wide cushion thing right in the center, no whiplash or anything, he hops right back up and chases after Ed Harris. I mean, we don't always go to the movies expecting 100% realism, but come on, thats just a bit ridiculous. So overall, I enjoyed myself during this movie, but only because I went in with low expectations. There are very many holes in this movie that just can't be filled, even with a solid cast. If you go in expecting a perfect film you will be very disappointed, so i suggest you go into the theater open minded and you will be entertained. This movie gets an ok from me. 4.5/10 Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2012
    0
    this provided a good nap for me last night.

    overacted and miscast with female police negotiator.

    they cant even change kyra sedgwicks
    wardrobe for later scene. Expand

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