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The Ledge Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

July 8, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 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
Alonso Duralde
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dennis Harvey
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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
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