The Alpinist

The Alpinist

The Alpinist

When filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) encounters an elusive young climber named Marc-André Leclerc, an evolution in free solo mountaineering unfolds. Along the two-year journey up high alpine peaks and steep frozen waterfalls, Peter explores Marc’s connection to nature, his uncompromising quest for adventure, and the risks he takes to pursue his passion.

2021Rating: E92 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

The images here are often dizzying and dazzling.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie could stand to demystify how some of its most terrifying early shots were filmed... But it does capture its subject’s philosophy.

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Collider

Collider

A fascinating look at an elusive man of contradictions.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Stunning cinematography, frustrating narrative choices.

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Time Out

Time Out

An exultant, heart-in-mouth odyssey to the roof of the world...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Perhaps a more measured, sideways look at the weird dropout culture around climbing would have been more interesting.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

If glorifying a sport as lethal as alpinism itself runs a kind of risk, there’s no denying the heart-in-mouth thrill of watching Leclerc in the zone...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Surprisingly emotionally charged and very impressively filmed.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Having a subject who largely refuses to cooperate, thereby forcing the filmmakers to sit around at home and relate much of what happens indirectly, doesn’t exactly make for a classic.

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