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The Ledge Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

This is a film that sincerely believes that it's crafting a thoughtful debate on the conflict between faith and reason.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

July 5, 2011
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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 Source: TheWrap

July 7, 2011
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Even if The Ledge couldn't be written off as a hollow polemic, there's also the lifeless drama, laughable dialogue, chintzy sets, and poor lighting to grapple with.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 5, 2011
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 25, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

An inconsistent, flavorless psychological thriller, trying desperately to come across provocative when it's truly about as deep and challenging as a television movie.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D

June 30, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 8, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Nothing much holds together in this entropic drama that still manages to entertain sporadically through the efforts of its sincerely invested cast.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

July 9, 2011
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

rather laborious

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 7, 2011
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

There's no holy grail at the end of this path. Nor is there any great twist or reversal. Just a gigantic anti-climax that might prove to be Chapman's embracement of irony in the whole "this is all there is" slant towards atheism.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2011
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Simplistic, contrived, neo-noir psychological thriller

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

July 9, 2011
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A perfectly watchable drama, but it could have (and should have) been a bona fide thriller.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

December 29, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2011
Dan Fienberg
HitFix

How much should one admire this attempted fusion of disparate elements when "The Ledger" proves to be such a dismal thriller and such a banal meditation on faith?

Full Review Source: HitFix

May 6, 2011
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies

It's bold to make a movie so heavily centered on a hot button issue. I just don't think it really explores it fully.

Full Review Source: Screen Junkies

January 21, 2011
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2011
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Noteworthy in that the doomed love triangle at its center also attempts to be a tug of war over faith and devotion of both the secular and spiritual kinds.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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If nothing else, The Ledge is a reminder of what a terrible, terrible actress Liv Tyler is.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

July 7, 2011
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