The Climb

critic Reviews

91% Fresh Tomatometer Score91%
  • The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
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    Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    Thrilling and charming in a way that very few comedies ever are.
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    Peter HowellToronto Star
    Toxic masculinity is played for rich and revealing farce in writer/director Michael Angelo Covino's assured feature debut, told over multiple years.
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    Brad WheelerGlobe and Mail
    Life is an uphill battle says The Climb, a film that gets better as it goes, even if life often does not.
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    Ben CrollTheWrap
    Covino shows truly impressive formal control, incorporating sophisticated camerawork and tightly coiled edits while allowing time, space and rhythm - in short, the foundations of cinema - to play as equal participants in the comedy.
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    Raphael AbrahamFinancial Times
    What impresses most is that the laughs and bittersweet insights into rollercoaster relationships never flag - and that is what really elevates this comedy to greatness.
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    Eric KohnindieWire
    All of this might come across as little more than restless film school showmanship if Covino and Marvin didn't have such appealing onscreen chemistry, and a commitment to the chapter-based approach that basically allows them to get away with anything.
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    Aaron NeuwirthWe Live Entertainment
    The Climb is frequently funny.
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    Harvey S. KartenBig Apple Reviews
    When other friendship have been forgot/ Theirs will still be hot.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    "The Climb" is one of those comedies that so feels so effortless, like a natural progression of events, that it's easy to overlook how much intelligence and craft that went into it.
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    Rendy JonesRendy Reviews
    The last thing I expected from a buddy comedy is to have such impressive technical choreography throughout.
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