The Alpinist

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Alpinist surmounts its subject's indifference to deliver a fascinating and thrillingly filmed investigation into a life spent defying danger.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It's an intriguing insight into a particular kind of obsessive drive, and a portrait of a man who, as one of his contemporaries remarked, feels almost too comfortable on the side of a mountain.
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    Leslie FelperinGuardian
    Leclerc's story goes in a slightly different, somewhat unexpected direction. The film-makers' enthusiasm for his clarity of purpose is all well and good, but it does leave the film prone to hyperbole...
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The film is too pedestrian to really share Leclerc's spirit - but it captures some of his ascents in scenes both hypnotic and terrifying, and in those you sense you glimpse the essence of him, wholly in the now.
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    Marina AshiotiLittle White Lies
    Extreme sports without glorifying the extreme masculinity that often goes hand in hand with climbing documentaries.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's a lack of satisfaction that makes it different and not quite as good as Free Solo... but it's interesting and impressive.
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    Lisa KennedyVariety
    The images here are often dizzying and dazzling.
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    Liam MagurenFlicks.co.nz
    An entertaining, brain-feeding and sometimes nerve-shredding 90-minute cinematic experience.
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    Michael WardShould I See It
    Leclerc's ability to hold his storytellers at bay is a fitting and frustrating reality that makes The Alpinist such a curious and fascinating affair.
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    Never heard of [Leclerc]? Well you won't forget him once you've seen this.
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    Edward PorterSunday Times (UK)
    What we have here is more a character study, yet even on that front it's quite elusive.
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