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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: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  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. Nov 14, 2012
    9
    It's again not very surprising that the audition reviews are mostly common with mine. This film profits from a clever plot, great actors and bursting edge-of-your-seat-tension. A movie that could be a bit more serious in some bits but still is very entertaining. Expand
  3. Jun 23, 2012
    7
    I was curious to see if this movie could deliver on the plot and performances level, it did so
    sufficiently for me. As in most movies of the
    genre, especially from Hollywood, you can
    pretty much expect the outcome to be no big surprise. The good guys win; if you dismiss
    every movie for that reason, you will be dismissing most movies from Hollywood. In Man
    On The Ledge, it's the ride from the beginning to the end you should find interesting.
    Anyone who feels queasy looking down from high places will find this movie exciting; if you
    suffer from vertigo, be prepared to be catching your breath in a few scenes. I liked the idea
    of this movie's plot, the lead character Nick Cassidy, an escaped convict, is committing a
    daring heist to prove he was not guilty of that very crime a few years before. Cassidy is
    providing a diversion so his team can execute the heist, and a solid diversion it is.
    Though there aren't big names in the flick, there are experienced actors who deliver performances like the professionals they are. Ed Harris and
    Titus Welliver are such experienced actors whose characters are familiar to us. They have played these roles countless times before; they play
    their bad guy roles just the way we expect them to in this movie. Edward Burns is also playing a relatively familiar good guy role. Sam
    Worthington, who plays lead Nick Cassidy delivers a solid performance as does Jamie Bell in his role as Nick's brother. Genesis Rodriguez is in
    fine form, one you'll not tire of seeing, really. The movie has all the key elements a good heist should have; suspense, twists and turns, all are
    present. If the last couple of movies you watched recently were dramas, Man On The Ledge will be a nice change of pace, so I recommend it on
    that basis. I quite enjoyed it.
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  4. Jun 18, 2013
    6
    Nothing special about this film, but it is a decent watch. A solid cast led by Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks do the best they can with a very mediocre script. Expand
  5. Aug 1, 2012
    6
    "Man on a Ledge" doesn't really satisfy the huge premise it promises to the audience, but it does fairly better than most (tasteless) thrillers out there. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2012
    5
    It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't really that good either. The characters were forgettable, and not the best acting by some of the actors. Not much suspense. But it was kinda interesting. 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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