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Man on a Ledge Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Again and again and again and... Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Just jump already. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    More often the film succumbs to clichés, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Despite the occasional dumb fun - especially with the heist portions - the leap of logic required to make it all work is enough to leave your brain pancaked on the sidewalk.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    The ending, for instance, is so ridiculously tidy it squeaks. But en route to its kitchen-sink climax, "Man" manages to both amuse and provoke, to cleave to convention and promote ideas.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Taut heist thriller is better than lame title suggests.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in Man on a Ledge spends much of the film perched on a ledge atop a tall building, only one step away from falling to his death. There are references to suicide, several fistfights and shootouts (which cause mortal injuries), and some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as two characters who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist. Expect a few scenes featuring people drinking and smoking cigarettes, and one gratuitous sequence in which a woman strips to her underwear.

  • Families can talk about Man on a Ledge's premise. How do you feel about the suicide set-up? How does the impact of the violence compare to what you've seen in other thrillers and action movies?
  • What do you think about the way people on the street react to seeing Nick standing on the ledge? Why do they encourage him to jump? What do you think about the way the media reported the incident?
  • Was Nick's plan the only way to prove his innocence? Does it make sense to commit a crime to clear someone of another crime?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's plot supports the idea of the truth ultimately being what matters most, triumphing over corruption.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Main characters don't always do the right thing, but their hearts are often in the right place. For instance, Nick's brother is willing to commit a serious crime to prove that his sibling is innocent. Also, a police officer slowly begins to believe that a convicted criminal may be telling the truth when he claims that he was framed by other cops.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The film revolves around a man who seems poised to jump to his death from a tall building, as a crowd on the street eggs him on. There are also several fistfights and a few shootouts that leave people mortally injured. A car is destroyed in an intense collision with a train.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple banters playfully about their sex life, and the woman strips to her underwear.

  • language false3

    Language: Relatively frequent use of words including "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "hell," "crap," "goddamn," and "damn," plus one use of "f--k." A character insults a man in Spanish.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A Jeep plays an important role in an early scene that prominently features the vehicle's logo. Most of the movie is set at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, which is mentioned by name several times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character wakes up, groggy, with several empty liquor bottles by her bed; others discuss her carousing habits. She later shares a cigarette with the man on the ledge. The bartender at a busy bar offers a round to everyone on the house, a celebratory gesture that's cheered by the boisterous crowd.