This is a film that sincerely believes that it's crafting a thoughtful debate on the conflict between faith and reason.
| Original Score: .5/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut.
An inconsistent, flavorless psychological thriller, trying desperately to come across provocative when it's truly about as deep and challenging as a television movie.
| Original Score: D
Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Nothing much holds together in this entropic drama that still manages to entertain sporadically through the efforts of its sincerely invested cast.
| Original Score: C
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.
Simplistic, contrived, neo-noir psychological thriller
| Original Score: 5/10
A perfectly watchable drama, but it could have (and should have) been a bona fide thriller.
| Original Score: 6/10
What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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?
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.
Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
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.
The characters in The Ledge exist for the sole purpose of argument, and the script is too narrow to engage the viewer unconditionally.
| Original Score: 2/4
If nothing else, The Ledge is a reminder of what a terrible, terrible actress Liv Tyler is.