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The Pledge Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
December 25, 2001
A surreal journey through a contorted, mundane American heartland. Del Toro shatters as a Native American victim of provincial racial profiling.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
As a crime story, it would be engaging enough on its own, but it gains it true strength in the measured and disciplined study of its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
October 12, 2001
As enthralling as it sometimes is, there isn't any point to the relentless grimness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Kelly
Sight and Sound
October 4, 2001
An elegant rejoinder to a tired genre, a consummate work of screen adaptation, and further evidence that there is precious little Sean Penn can't achieve on film, whether before or behind the lens.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Penn, unafraid, strategically uses visuals that hack directors don't even know how to approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 24, 2001
Penn's past directing gigs...are the work of a tortured soul; The Pledge was guided by a tortured artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 18, 2001
...a resolutely low-key and solidly unconventional exercise in frustration.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
Daniel Papkin
Movieline
April 16, 2001
A movie as unsatisfying as it is ambitious.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 26, 2001
The film is more exciting that watching paint dry, however, because of great work by some very talented actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
It is a story that is designed to frustrate those looking for easy answers and a neat wrap-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
February 9, 2001
This is one of Nicholson's finest performances and that's saying one hell of a lot.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
February 7, 2001
Any opportunity to see Jack Nicholson when he's not on autopilot is exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 7, 2001
A film that - warts and all - is going to be far more interesting to talk about in future years than 90 minutes of gunfights would have been.
Read More | Original Score: 75/100
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 7, 2001
There's not enough payoff at the end of The Pledge, following so much build-up, but the story still maintains enough interest and suspense to keep viewers tuned in.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 1, 2001
A fierce, fragmented, downbeat film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
January 19, 2001
We left with a feeling of lethargy that made watching The Pledge hardly worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
January 19, 2001
The payoff eventually shows up. We swear.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 19, 2001
A movie of impressive performances and intriguing visuals that are worth the effort needed to let the tale roll out.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 19, 2001
It's the rare -- and rewarding -- police drama that cares more for character than plot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 19, 2001
Breathlessly catapults us back to the taut German films in the 1970s.
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