The Ledge (2011)



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One step can change a life forever in The Ledge, a sexy and suspenseful thriller, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor's wife (Tyler), Gavin (Sons of Anarchy's Hunnam) soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a nonbeliever, Gavin is lured by her lover's husband (Insidious's Wilson) to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one hour to make a … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language and some violent content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Chapman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 27, 2011
Box Office: $5.2k
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as Gavin Nichols

as Shana

as Hollis Lucetti

as Angela Lucetti

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Critic Reviews for The Ledge

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

Chapman coaxes good performances from his cast, especially Wilson, who makes Joe's immense conflicts a matter of empathy as much as abhorrence. But Chapman doesn't have the filmmaking skills to conceal the talky, formulaic narrative.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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Gavin recalls his experiences while standing atop a building ready to jump; we're meant to be on edge ourselves, but the only real mystery is why Tyler took such an unrewarding role in the first place.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
New York Daily News
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A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
New York Post
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Can't wait until Thanksgiving dinner to witness a pointless conversation between a pompous fundamentalist Christian and a sneering atheist? Then The Ledge is the movie for you.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
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What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Ledge

This is one of those films that has had the some fairly negative press, but it isn't as bad as it might seem. The idea here is quite good, but due to the fact that it mixes multiple genres and it's a film that doesn't know what it really tries to be. It's not a bad idea, but the film feels rushed in its ideas, and it doesn't try to elaborate in what it presents us in the film's story. The film presents good ideas as well, but it never really explores in depth what it suggests, and it's disappointing because if the ideas really would have been better developed, The Ledge would really have been a great film. This is a good affair, but it could have been so much more as well. The cast is quite impressive, and there are some good performances here as well. The Ledge isn't a perfect film, but it manages to be entertaining for what it tries to do. If the script would have been reworked slightly with some of its ideas better developed, then I think that the film would really have been a great affair. Though not perfect, The Ledge doesn't deserve the flack it has received, it's a film that manages to have good ideas in its plot that make for a good viewing experience. But since they are a bit underdeveloped, you simply are left wanting more out of the film. The film does have some tense moments, and has an interesting idea on faith, which is something we rarely see in films, and it pulls it off nicely.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I love, Charlie Hunnam. I am a big fan of his acting and looks. ;} But this movie just didn't do it for me. The story wasn't twisted or mysterious enough for me. Plus the ending sucked. I was hoping for a different outcome. The characters weren't that interesting and lacked depth. I couldn't bring myself to care for them and for what happened to them. Terrence Howard's acting is something I still find hard to like. I don't know what it is about the guy, but he just doesn't do it for me. It was a decent film, but if not for Charlie I wouldn't have rated it what I did or even given the movie a chance considering the plot of the film. If you choose to pass you wouldn't be missing anything.


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Looked like a good cast but it was really slow going. I couldn't get into it.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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