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TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
June 5, 2008
Stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic.
Steve Crum
February 17, 2008
Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
October 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 18, 2004
About a cool gumshoe with a one-track mind — solving the case he's on
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 6, 2015
It has a field day recycling private eye cliches while down in the bayou.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
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.
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Time Out
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.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
As a convoluted caper it generates action rather than character and surface mystery rather than meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A confusing and not very exciting private eye caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2003
Dullish detective yarn that promises a great deal more than it delivers in story, direction or atmosphere.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
An interminable drag.
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