The Drowning Pool Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

A confusing and not very exciting private eye caper.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An interminable drag.

A.H. Weiler
New York Times
Top Critic
May 9, 2005

As a convoluted caper it generates action rather than character and surface mystery rather than meaning.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
May 24, 2003

Dullish detective yarn that promises a great deal more than it delivers in story, direction or atmosphere.


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Unfortunately, Rosenberg directs flatly, hopping from one set piece to the next, disjointedly throwing characters of varying interest across Newman's path.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 8, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
June 5, 2008

Stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 18, 2004

About a cool gumshoe with a one-track mind — solving the case he's on

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
February 17, 2008

Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.

| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 19, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 22, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 17, 2008

This and a few other scenes are truly suspenseful, but for the most part the film is a synthetic, forced story peopled with some interesting characters and fine performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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