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The Pledge Reviews

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February 23, 2012
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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
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
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
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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March 8, 2001
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
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This is one of Nicholson's finest performances and that's saying one hell of a lot.

February 9, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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February 7, 2001
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A fierce, fragmented, downbeat film.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 1, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A movie of impressive performances and intriguing visuals that are worth the effort needed to let the tale roll out.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 19, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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It's the rare -- and rewarding -- police drama that cares more for character than plot.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A moving and unmannered motion picture -- a convincing portrait of a man at the end of his rope.

January 19, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Penn as director shows how he can turn an ordinary movie scene -- how many times have we seen a jailhouse interrogation? -- into something inventively, thrillingly singular.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 19, 2001
Gene Seymour
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Those looking for a 'feel-good' movie are advised to go elsewhere -- unless watching artists working near their peak leaves you soaring.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 19, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The performance, and the movie, remind us why Nicholson matters.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 19, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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[A] beautifully made bummer.

January 19, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A gripping, disturbing and deeply intelligent drama.

January 19, 2001
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It is understatement to say that Nicholson does some of the finest work of his career here.

January 19, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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I'll wager you won't see a better performance by a veteran American actor over the next 11 months.

January 19, 2001
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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Dark and disturbing but thoroughly involving. It sets off depth charges of the psyche.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 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
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Just when you're about to lose patience, something honest or credible happens.

January 19, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging.

January 19, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Not a film for all tastes, but it's a considerable artistic achievement.

January 19, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Penn and Nicholson take risks with the material and elevate the movie to another, unanticipated, haunting level.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 19, 2001
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Not a pleasant film, but it is deeply, scarily rewarding.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2001
Charles Taylor
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Penn's direction is given to flat, self-conscious realism. He has no feel for pacing, no cunning, no natural flow.

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January 19, 2001
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It understands the relativism of right and wrong and takes a kind of perverse pleasure in reminding us that there are some things we'll never know.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2001
Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
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Jack Nicholson passes on the ham, delivering a subtle, weighted performance that neatly complements Sean Penn's growing confidence as a director.

| Original Score: 75/100

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
Robert Horton
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Much of the film's power is in the worn gravity of watching 'Jack Nicholson' as he treads through a particularly obsessive and difficult character.

January 18, 2001
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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Yes, it's grim, but if you don't need your plots sugar-coated, this film about life-change, obsession and keeping your word is an existential winner.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 18, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Damned if Penn doesn't draw you inside this labyrinth of existential murk.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 18, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Thanks to a superb central performance by Nicholson as detective Black, it's a film that compels, thrills and ends up coming very close to tragedy.

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
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Jack Nicholson more than delivers the goods in his portrayal of a retired policeman thoroughly obsessed by his last murder case.

January 9, 2001
Todd McCarthy
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Absorbing dramatically and deeply committed to the acting processes of star Jack Nicholson and the raft of impressive players supporting him.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 9, 2001
James Berardinelli
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The Pledge will cause many viewers to walk out of the theaters grumbling, since there is no traditional closure. But the way in which things turn out seems right for the material and the manner in which Penn has chosen to present it.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Though at times it threatens to meander off, Penn's movie fulfills its destiny as an alienated fable of justice and luck.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
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