Box art for Man On A Ledge

Man On A Ledge

action & adventure, thrillers


In the film critics call "a white-knuckle action thriller," ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Clash of the Titans) escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist: steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    32%
  • Audience Score
    52%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    32%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Man On A Ledge reviews
  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The film's descent into generic silliness feels more painful than it should for a late-January thriller.

- Andrew Lapin, NPR, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rotten: It sure is about a man on a ledge.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fresh: This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"I really liked this. I wasn't blown away with it, but it was close to being great. I enjoyed the story. I thought the way they planned it all was very smart. I was even surprised by the ending when their in the bar. I didn't catch on to who the bartender would end up being. I love a good crime thriller and this one delivers. I thought Worthington and Bell were really good in this. I wish Burns would have been used a little bit more. Kyra had a small part too, but it fitted. I love Ed Harris too. The movie has a wide range of good actors in the movie. I think without them the film would have failed. They story unfolds as it goes and I never felt lost. I guess your suppose to have an aha moment, but unfortunately some of the suspense was guessed pretty easily. But still this was one of the better thrillers I have seen lately. I would definitely see this again."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2 stars

two and a half...

- YodaMasterJedi, Thursday, November 1, 2012

4 stars

A man (Sam) walks onto a hotel ledge, ready to jump. He is an ex-cop who escaped from prison to prove his innocence. Exciting thriller. Great cast. If you like Inside Man or Phonebooth you will like this movie.

- thmtsang, Sunday, October 14, 2012