Movies Like The Pledge

Opening

41% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
40% If I Stay Aug 22
25% When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
4% Are You Here Aug 22
95% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
14% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
35% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
31% The Giver $12.3M
20% Into The Storm $7.9M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
64% Lucy $5.5M
41% Step Up: All In $2.7M
62% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
85% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
95% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Pledge Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[Penn] sustains a mesmerizing intensity while relentlessly building toward an emotionally wrenching climax.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 4/4

July 18, 2014
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Sean Penn's agonizing, angst-ridden "The Pledge" feels like a mystery less about murder and more about the inexplicable dangers of impulse and guilt. It's also a waning opportunity to see Jack Nicholson as anything besides a silver-haired hornball.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 17, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Its grip is on the mind but not the heart--a problem for a film that clearly aims for some emotional impact.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2010
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Nicholson rules over The Pledge with a shaky hand, and that's the source of his power here.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 22, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

After two honorable failures, Sean Penn makes quantum leap forward with an intriguing murder mystery that's also effective as a psychological character study. Nicholosn's riveting turn compensates for deliberate pacing and downbeat tone.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

October 8, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Penn shows restraint and patience, letting the actors discover moments, rhythms, and quirks that make their characters believable.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A-

January 15, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

É uma pena que nem todos tenham paciência para tentar compreender melhor Jerry Black. Tenho certeza de que, no futuro, este será lembrado como um dos personagens mais marcantes da bela carreira de Jack Nicholson.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 2, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Penn has moulded a patient but deeply unsettling character study, leaving the viewer with more questions than answers.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2003
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Emotionally powerful film of rare and grave subtlety.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mystery-thriller buffs, promise yourselves that you'll see The Pledge. And while you're at it, be sure to invite along Jack Nicholson fans and anyone who saw the first two movies that Sean Penn directed.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

The problem is Nicholson. He sleepwalks through the part in a cloud of ubiquitous cigarette smoke, stiff, uncomfortable, and looking like he wishes he'd never signed that contract.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Penn can't be faulted for his work with the actors. Most of the featured players have only a scene or two, but they're indelible.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 26, 2002
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos

Carnadas humanas, una historia obsesiva, y un tono lírico tremendo... grata combinación que transforma una historia policíaca en algo humano, vivo y enteramente emocional.

September 15, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Penn's task is well-served not only by a superb cast but the efforts of first-rate collaborators.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Steeped in an almost unbearable sadness, dense with moral ambiguity it stubbornly withholds comfort at every startling turn.

June 5, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately, the payoffs just aren't there, either psychologically or dramatically.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Never less than respectable.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 7, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film's stately pace emphasizes Jerry's slow transformation, and there are a number of wonderful scenes, both visually and structurally.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Jack the character actor is back, and it's been well worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2002

While some developments are generally predictable, the movie ends up taking us on a thematic journey that is unexpected and shattering.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 17, 2002
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