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The Pledge Reviews

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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Penn gets bogged down in his own grand vision.

January 19, 2001
Eric D. Snider

The dreary film makes promises it doesn't deliver on, pulling the rug out from under us without really letting us step on it in the first place.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

January 19, 2001
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Rob Blackwelder

There's very little compelling, or even memorable, about it.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Thoughtlessness is no excuse ... for so revolting a film that The Pledge ultimately is. I couldn't wait to get out of the theater just to get the stink of it off me.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 19, 2001
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a resolutely low-key and solidly unconventional exercise in frustration.

| Original Score: 6/10

June 18, 2001
Paul Clinton (
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It has all the right credentials, so why is it such a muddled mess?

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January 19, 2001
Nev Pierce

As enthralling as it sometimes is, there isn't any point to the relentless grimness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2001
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
Daniel Papkin

A movie as unsatisfying as it is ambitious.

Full Review Source: Movieline

April 16, 2001
Cornell & Petricelli

We left with a feeling of lethargy that made watching The Pledge hardly worth the effort.

Full Review Source: CinemaSense.Com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2001
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Other than re-iterating the well-known fact that 'life sucks,' I didn't really get much out of this movie.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

January 17, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The film is more exciting that watching paint dry, however, because of great work by some very talented actors.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2001
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

The story falls into the trap of using too many twists, red herrings and coincidences.

Full Review

January 17, 2001
Tom Block

So logy and doom-laden that watching it feels like a hike through waist-deep snow.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/10

January 18, 2001
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Drags us through dark places, without convincing us it's a journey worth taking.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

January 18, 2001
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Great acting doesn't compensate for weak writing.

January 18, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Penn's unending parade of unhappy situations is simply too insistent, his suffocating, claustrophobic worldview more of an assault than the revelation he perhaps hopes it will be.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs

While it's never uninteresting, and its story moves sinuously, quite deft and engaging ... it eventually becomes overbearing.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

January 19, 2001
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Moving with the speed of a paddle-boat upstream, the bulk of the movie is about as exciting as watching someone fish.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/10

January 19, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 7, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2001
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

September 14, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner

February 7, 2001
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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March 8, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Ebert & Roeper
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February 7, 2001

October 30, 2001

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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