The Drowning Pool Reviews

September 4, 2019
Paul Newman undergoes all kinds of "games" in which performs with enviable ease, elegance and sarcasm. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 6, 2015
It has a field day recycling private eye cliches while down in the bayou.
March 14, 2015
Perhaps the saddest thing about The Drowning Pool is that the incompetence-cum-artiness of Stuart Rosenberg has subverted the talent of the usually redoubtable Gordon Willis.
June 17, 2008
This and a few other scenes are truly suspenseful, but for the most part the film is a synthetic, forced story peopled with some interesting characters and fine performances.
June 5, 2008
Stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic.
February 17, 2008
Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Unfortunately, Rosenberg directs flatly, hopping from one set piece to the next, disjointedly throwing characters of varying interest across Newman's path.
October 22, 2005
July 19, 2005
May 9, 2005
As a convoluted caper it generates action rather than character and surface mystery rather than meaning.
April 8, 2005
October 23, 2004
A confusing and not very exciting private eye caper.
January 18, 2004
About a cool gumshoe with a one-track mind — solving the case he's on
May 24, 2003
Dullish detective yarn that promises a great deal more than it delivers in story, direction or atmosphere.
January 1, 2000
An interminable drag.