Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 10, 2013
    83
    The Summit does an amazing job of putting you on the mountain, making it one of the most terrifying horror films a climber or an acrophobe could ever see.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    The Summit tells a multifaceted story that deals with more than the expected peril and exhilaration of adventure tales. Here you'll find love, fear and forgiveness, personality conflicts and cultural differences, even mysteries that have stubbornly resisted solving.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    The film over all is a pulse-pounding success.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more — and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 10, 2013
    75
    It’s a measure of the movie’s success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 2, 2013
    75
    The proceedings somewhat sidestep the issues of risk and responsibility—including the raised, but never fully tackled, question of whether others should have gone back to try to save their fellow, trapped compatriots—that seem most in need of investigation.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 4, 2013
    67
    I wish the film had probed more deeply into why anybody would face those odds. George Mallory’s “Because it’s there” has never quite cut it for me.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 25, 2013
    63
    The Summit is a mixture of the inventive and the misguided in its attempt to recreate the circumstances of the August, 2008, disaster on the world’s second-highest mountain, K2, when 11 climbers were killed.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 11, 2013
    63
    There is a lot of finger-pointing. Assertions are made, theories offered, but not much in the way of certainty.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 10, 2013
    63
    Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 3, 2013
    60
    Interviews with survivors fill us in on the personalities of the lost, but the background of K2, with archival footage from 1954, is equally gripping.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Though Ryan and Monroe prove adept at the film’s most elemental factors, they don’t offer enough backstory or characterization.
  13. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    The Summit is at its most powerful when the filmmakers simply tell the tale, which gradually develops the unsettling suspense of a horror movie, with K2 cast as the implacable killer.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately, the film’s more moving and memorable moments are mixed in with a king-size (if not quite K2-size) jumble of too much information.
  16. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 16, 2013
    40
    It’s still a hellish glimpse into one of climbing’s worst days ever, and there’s no way to resolve the unresolvable, but as it is The Summit, like K2 itself, remains an icily beautiful and altogether deadly mystery.
  17. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Oct 10, 2013
    40
    Nick Ryan’s documentary looks at the disaster by using interviews, actual footage and re-enactments. The latter move undercuts some of the movie’s authenticity. Granted, there probably wasn’t another way to film it, but it muddies the film’s sense of truth.

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