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The Pledge Reviews

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February 17, 2002
While some developments are generally predictable, the movie ends up taking us on a thematic journey that is unexpected and shattering.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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+
October 12, 2001
As enthralling as it sometimes is, there isn't any point to the relentless grimness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
June 18, 2001
...a resolutely low-key and solidly unconventional exercise in frustration.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
April 16, 2001
A movie as unsatisfying as it is ambitious.
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
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
February 9, 2001
This is one of Nicholson's finest performances and that's saying one hell of a lot.
February 7, 2001
Any opportunity to see Jack Nicholson when he's not on autopilot is exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
February 1, 2001
A fierce, fragmented, downbeat film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 19, 2001
The payoff eventually shows up. We swear.
January 19, 2001
A movie of impressive performances and intriguing visuals that are worth the effort needed to let the tale roll out.
January 19, 2001
It's the rare -- and rewarding -- police drama that cares more for character than plot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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