The Pledge Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 18, 2014
[Penn] sustains a mesmerizing intensity while relentlessly building toward an emotionally wrenching climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 22, 2007
Nicholson rules over The Pledge with a shaky hand, and that's the source of his power here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: B

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Penn shows restraint and patience, letting the actors discover moments, rhythms, and quirks that make their characters believable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 2, 2003
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
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
Penn has moulded a patient but deeply unsettling character study, leaving the viewer with more questions than answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Emotionally powerful film of rare and grave subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
September 15, 2002
Carnadas humanas, una historia obsesiva, y un tono lírico tremendo... grata combinación que transforma una historia policíaca en algo humano, vivo y enteramente emocional.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Penn's task is well-served not only by a superb cast but the efforts of first-rate collaborators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic

Variety
February 23, 2012
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

Guardian
October 30, 2001
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
September 14, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2001
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 8, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Top Critic

Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 7, 2001
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
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