Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    Part saga of days gone by, part psychological portrait of the mountaineering spirit, as well as a tale of adventure, Anthony Geffen's documentary will rivet fans of the sport and history buffs alike.
  2. "Dream" brings together so much history, sheer adventure and terrifying moments.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Herman Melville would have dug this film. Because at bottom, it's less about the epic struggle of human vs. nature, or the soaring ambitions of the human spirit than about obsession.
  4. The soul of the film is the relationship between mountain-obsessed Mallory and his wife, Ruth, who corresponded in beautifully written letters brought to life by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.
  5. The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
  6. It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.
  7. What happened to these men on that ascent is fascinating, though factors like differences in gear between 1924 and today means that definitively answering the question of how far Mallory climbed is not possible. Which seems, somehow, just as it ought to be.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    A solid, gorgeous-looking documentary marred only slightly by a tendency to bury the lead -- namely, its subject, George Mallory.
  9. 63
    The most powerful moment in the film is a tiny one. Anker and his Irvine, Leo Houlding, plan to reenact most of Mallory's climb wearing gabardine and hobnail boots instead of North Face and Gore-Tex.
  10. The voices of Liam Neeson -- as the film's narrator -- and his late wife, Richardson, inevitably add to the project's poignance.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Everest looks suitably majestic in this IMAX documentary, though five different expeditions on the peak are awkwardly cobbled into one dubious narrative.
  12. 50
    Given the subject matter, the answer to "Why watch this doc?" should be "Because it is fantastic." But Geffen, like Everest, will have to settle for "Because it is there."
  13. This National Geographic production mixes two amazing adventures, neither of them quite what you expect.
  14. 40
    There's inherent drama in watching a person amble up a mountain, but it's an act of bad faith to oversell a stunt.
  15. You may not believe it's possible to bore people to death with a film about risking your life, but The Wildest Dream comes shockingly close.

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