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Everest Reviews

September 24, 2015
For all the natural spectacle, the characters are what hold one's attention.
September 21, 2015
"Everest," in short, suffers from the same problem as Everest: overcrowding.
September 20, 2015
Unlike many mountain-disaster stories, this is the kind that makes you never want to look at a mountain again.
September 18, 2015
Ultimately, "Everest" is an achievement of production, capturing the landscape in striking IMAX cinematography. It's also the compelling tale of mountains and the people who feel the need to conquer them, or be conquered in the process.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2015
A white-knuckle survival film with an outstanding cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2015
Its narrative missteps notwithstanding, this is a movie on the grandest scale, one that really does induce a sense of awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2015
Everest is a somewhat histrionic spin on a real-life tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2015
Everest takes an inordinate amount of time to get the pieces in place. However, once the group departs base camp and begins the ascent, the film sloughs off its slow pace and transforms into a gripping tale of survival, life, and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2015
Everest, for all the excitement it manages to generate, is a missed opportunity: mountain high, puddle deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2015
In spite of the excellent technical work and the efforts of a first-rate cast, "Everest" did not exhilarate or scare me as much as leave me flatly sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 18, 2015
The toggling between the base and various points along the way to the summit becomes stressful, then heartbreaking.
September 18, 2015
"Everest" is nothing but a long, slow climb. Without any peaks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2015
There is no tragic hero here; there is no overarching explanation, but a movie that offered either of those would seem pretty pat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2015
The best argument in favor of what otherwise would be a pointlessly cruel loss of human life are the sweeping, heart-stoppingly beautiful mountain vistas. (See this one in IMAX if you can.)
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 18, 2015
"Everest" is a truly spectacular experience that deserves to be seen on the grandest scale possible.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 17, 2015
As it turns out, Imax 3-D works better for yaks than it does for people.
September 17, 2015
With a harrowing story to tell, and this many characters, it's a given that character development will be sketchy. The good news is that this cast is capable of turning a little into a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2015
The opening text lets you know that prior to 1996, no one had died during a commercial expedition to the world's highest peak. So now you know what's coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 17, 2015
The climbing sequences, which take up the bulk of the movie, pack a visceral punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 17, 2015
If this oft-told tale of courage and folly is seen as a summit to be achieved, the script not only never makes it to base camp but seldom rises above sea level.
September 17, 2015
So imposing is the mountain, and so realistically rendered by Salvatore Totino's camera (plus CGI imaging), it threatens to dwarf any attempt to bring a human element to the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2015
An all-star disaster movie lineup makes a surprising showing in the mountaineering thriller "Everest," combining to deliver the sort of restrained drama you might expect from a much smaller film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2015
Schmaltz-free but not shock-free, horror-free, wonder-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2015
In 3D IMAX, a dizzying visual adventure that will knock the wind out of you. As personal drama, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2015
Filled with stunning visuals and featuring more than a half-dozen of our best actors delivering solid performances... even though at times it's difficult to distinguish one climber from the next.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2015
"Everest" gets several things right, but it fails to find a way to make the average viewer relate to the people on the mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2015
Even before the air gets fatally thin, the thinness of the characterizations presents a liability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2015
Kormakur never quite latches on to the dramatic momentum. The pacing problems are compounded by some confusion in terms of mistakes that were made, and a difficulty identifying actors through the blizzard.
September 17, 2015
Fictionalized accounts of real tragedy are not impenetrable. James Cameron made us feel for a ship full of characters we'd never met. "Everest" can't break that seal, and it's a handicap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2015
"Everest" is a sprawling mess of a movie, one you feel like could have been great but instead roams all over the place and winds up being just pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2015
With its rigorous attention to the technical details of mountain climbing and its sensitive handling of the characters' relationships, it has a you-are-there immediacy unmatched by previous Everest movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2015
It never seems to get anywhere, taking up space and time without managing to be especially memorable or imposing.
September 16, 2015
Kormakur creates a convincing sense of the physical environment, the intensity of the experience, the sound and physical impact of extreme weather. He can't do much to convey, however, the mystery and essence of what draws people to this endeavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2015
Like the mountain for which it's named, "Everest" is rock solid. It's big, it's beautiful, it's terrifying, and it's merciless to both its characters and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2015
This white-knuckler, about an ill-fated ascent to Mount Everest, is a harrowing and haunting force of nature.
September 15, 2015
Everest is visually splendid, though it loses a few points for its murkiness in rendering its main characters as distinct individuals.
September 3, 2015
The hardship of the trek is vividly and stomach-lurchingly portrayed, particularly when the storm sets in, but it never makes the crucial leap from the screen into your bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2015
As appalling as the events it depicts may have been, the plodding narrative and weak characterisation mean that, as a piece of cinema, it never gets beyond the foothills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2015
Its screenwriters ... have Gladiator and 127 Hours to their names, and Everest combines the muscular, sometimes sentimental force of the former with the sense of physical endurance that made the latter so successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2015
No one pays IMAX ticket prices for nuanced human drama, and the film's dizzying climbing scenes and vertiginous don't-look-down moments are what give it its heart-quickening power.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 2, 2015
Tries and fails to spin too many plates. Each of those real-life climbers no doubt had an interesting story to tell, but when shoved together like this they're all reduced to types rather than people.
September 2, 2015
A nausea-inspiring adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 2, 2015
Although hardly a peak achievement, Baltasar Kormakur's Himalayan epic is a properly grueling, strikingly unsentimental chronicle of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy.
September 2, 2015
With its perilous central premise and gallery of individuals some of whom are destined not to make it, you could say Everest is a disaster movie in the old Hollywood sense of the term, but it doesn't feel like one. And that's a good thing.
September 2, 2015
At the end of the film, audiences may feel they have laboriously made the summit, and come back - without getting much of a view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2015
A big, brassy '70s-style disaster movie which wears its clichés lightly and packs a hefty emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5