The Climb

critic Reviews

, 93% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Covino's novice direction is alarmingly assured, mixing together musical diversions, lip-synching dance sequences and audacious tracking camera moves with the ease of an in-form Scorsese.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    You realise that what you're watching is an epic disguised as scuffed indie comedy, a portrait of adult friendship in which no one ever completely grows up.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Co-writers Covino and Rankin are friends and observe their characters beautifully. They don't ignore the female roles, either.
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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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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    The film is shrewd on male friendship, suggesting that a lot of men are vulnerable and crave intimacy, but are often too poor at communicating to truly reach for it.
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    Ian FreerEmpire Magazine
    Superbly written and performed by actual friends Kyle Marvin and Michael Angelo Covino, The Climb is a smart, funny, small-scale delight. More please.
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    Linda MarricScreenwords
    Hilarious and deliciously off-kilter. I loved every second of it.
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    Cain Noble-DaviesFILMINK (Australia)
    ...primed for after-viewing debate...
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