The Ledge Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
The Ledge has a couple very strong performances and it explores some interesting issues. There are some satisfying thrills to be had here and overall, it's not a bad watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A perfectly watchable drama, but it could have (and should have) been a bona fide thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 26, 2011
Covering well-worn territory and offering no solutions, it ends up feeling shrill and angry and not nearly as profound as Chapman seems to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 11, 2011
Clunky writing and flat-footed direction derail this initially intriguing exploration into both the power and limits of belief.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
July 10, 2011
The framing device of its conceit is beyond silly, and its religious and philosophical debate a tad inorganic, but ambition and intellect help drive and push The Ledge in interesting ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 9, 2011
Nothing much holds together in this entropic drama that still manages to entertain sporadically through the efforts of its sincerely invested cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 9, 2011
Simplistic, contrived, neo-noir psychological thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2011
A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 8, 2011
Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 7, 2011
rather laborious
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 7, 2011
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 7, 2011
What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 7, 2011
A drama about the clash of faith between a zealous Christian fundamentalist and a non-believer with a zest for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
July 7, 2011
The melodramatic flourish that ends The Ledge feels unearned and unclean: It's the sort of ending that ought to hit hard, and yet it comes off as perversely inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 7, 2011
The writing here is so lifeless and schematic that even the attraction of Liv Tyler stripping down to get horizontal with Hunnam won't be enough to keep you watching.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 7, 2011
If nothing else, The Ledge is a reminder of what a terrible, terrible actress Liv Tyler is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 6, 2011
The characters in The Ledge exist for the sole purpose of argument, and the script is too narrow to engage the viewer unconditionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 6, 2011
The dopey setup might fly in a film with more panache, but Chapman seems to think he's making a gritty indie with ideas on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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