Vertical Limit


Vertical Limit

Critics Consensus

The plot in Vertical Limit is ludicrously contrived and cliched. Meanwhile, the action sequences are so over-the-top and piled one on top of another, they lessen the impact on the viewer.



Total Count: 110


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"The Vertical Limit" is a high-adrenaline tale of a young climber who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K-2, the world's second highest peak, to save his sister and her summit team in a race against time.


Chris O'Donnell
as Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney
as Annie Garrett
Scott Glenn
as Montgomery Wick
Bill Paxton
as Elliot Vaughn
Izabella Scorupco
as Monique Aubertine
Nicholas Lea
as Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig
as Kareen Nazir
Temuera Morrison
as Major Rasul
Stuart Wilson
as Royce Garrett
Steve Le Marquand
as Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn
as Malcolm Bench
Roshan Seth
as Col. Amir Salim
Rod Brown
as Ali Hasan
Dave Bergman
as Climbing Doubles
Karl Boomsma
as Climbing Doubles
Ed Viesturs
as Himself
David Hayman
as Frank `Chainsaw' Williams
Robert Mammone
as Brian Maki
Charles Graham
as Climbing Doubles
Nicole Whippy
as Spanish Climber
Clinton Beavan
as WNN Cameraman
Colin Moy
as Technician
Jo Davidson
as Italian Team Member
Ian Bolt
as Technician
Nicolette Kenny
as Technician
Ross McKellar
as Technician
Patricia Deavoll
as Climbing Doubles
Tiffany DeCastro
as Crying Woman
Tom Struthers
as Grunge Climber
Leos Stransky
as Grunge Climber
Aaron Halstead
as Climbing Doubles
Tiffany de Castro
as Crying Woman
Campbell Cooley
as `Campbell'
Bruce Hasler
as Climbing Doubles
Jo Davison
as Italian Team Member
Tamati Rice
as Party Goer
Bryan Moore
as Climbing Doubles
Leela Patel
as Mayama Wick
Craig Gavin
as Summit Air Pilot
Shahid Zafar
as Prayer Leader
Bruce Kingan
as Rasul Flying Double
Ed Viesters
as Ed Viesturs
Kat West
as Climbing Doubles
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Critic Reviews for Vertical Limit

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (57)

  • Alternately generating adrenaline and ennui, Vertical Limit battles itself to a hard-earned draw.

    Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • The pace of the movie rarely flags (neither does the idiocy, alas) and it's enough to warrant a marginal recommendation.

    Dec 8, 2000
  • This is a movie that means to keep you involved and, preferably, gasping from start to finish . At that, it certainly does succeed.

    Dec 8, 2000 | Rating: 3/4
  • When the characters just shut up and dangle, Vertical Limit becomes one heck of a wild time.

    Dec 8, 2000
  • Certainly a movie in which people are forced to test themselves in unpleasant situations. But the people I have in mind are the people in the audience.

    Dec 8, 2000
  • But at its worst, Vertical Limit makes you weary with its stock characters and de rigueur explosions, avalanches, collapsing crevices and the like.

    Dec 8, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vertical Limit

  • Jun 26, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2012
    good night in but honestly did it have to be stupid. why would all these people keep dying for a couple of people? once you get over this you'll enjoy the action
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    Cliched and unoriginal, Vertical Limit is a typical disaster flick with mediocre acting, less than medicore script and no originality of it's own.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2011
    This was the coolest movie when I was 11 years old and I still have to say that it's a lot of fun and delivers adrenaline with an icy cold fury. It's like an unofficial companion to Cliffhanger; this deals with a similar case of rock climbing guilt. There are so many crazy stunts, unwarranted destruction and deadly situations that it's hard not to get wrapped up in the story and feel the power of snow terror running down your spine. Chris O'Donnell fares extremely well as his action star self, something that must've been hard to achieve post-Batman & Robin. Bill Paxton also works well as the movie's diabolical villain who somehow manages to outshine a natural disaster. With incredibly well shot action sequences, great pacing and fun characters, it's hard not to find something to enjoy about this.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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