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Beyond the Edge (PG)

Documentary, Drama, History

 Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

The critical consensus

Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing.

**(*)(*)(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 19/05/2014

This is genuinely inspirational stuff, and then some.

****(*)Andrew Lowry, Total Film, 19/05/2014

The film makes us admire him but there is little here of the excitement, pathos and despair that you find in the stories of climbers such as George Mallory and Joe Simpson.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 22/05/2014

Informative and absorbing if a little dry.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/05/2014

What feels like an authoritative but slightly stiff history.

***(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 22/05/2014

Exciting history melted to nothing.

Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 22/05/2014

Imaginative retelling of the conquest of Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 25/05/2014

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday May 23, 2014, until Thursday May 29, 2014. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday May 30, 2014, until Thursday June 5, 2014. More info:

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