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The Climb (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Climb uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in engaging -- and frequently funny -- fashion.

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Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond -- until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.


Gayle Rankin
as Marissa
Courtney Gonzalez
as Kissing Movie Woman
Todd Barry
as Uncle Mark
Eden Malyn
as Bianca
Sondra James
as Grandma
Rachel Kylian
as French Nurse
Alexander Blaise
as French Doctor
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

Thrilling and charming in a way that very few comedies ever are.

January 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Toxic masculinity is played for rich and revealing farce in writer/director Michael Angelo Covino's assured feature debut, told over multiple years.

September 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Life is an uphill battle says The Climb, a film that gets better as it goes, even if life often does not.

September 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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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.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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