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The Ledge Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
July 5, 2011
This is a film that sincerely believes that it's crafting a thoughtful debate on the conflict between faith and reason.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Alonso Duralde
July 7, 2011
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.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
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.
Mike Scott
August 26, 2011
Covering well-worn territory and offering no solutions, it ends up feeling shrill and angry and not nearly as profound as Chapman seems to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut.
Brian Orndorf
June 30, 2011
An inconsistent, flavorless psychological thriller, trying desperately to come across provocative when it's truly about as deep and challenging as a television movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 8, 2011
Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 9, 2011
Nothing much holds together in this entropic drama that still manages to entertain sporadically through the efforts of its sincerely invested cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Null
July 7, 2011
rather laborious
| Original Score: 1/5
Erik Childress
February 3, 2011
There's no holy grail at the end of this path. Nor is there any great twist or reversal. Just a gigantic anti-climax that might prove to be Chapman's embracement of irony in the whole "this is all there is" slant towards atheism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 9, 2011
Simplistic, contrived, neo-noir psychological thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A perfectly watchable drama, but it could have (and should have) been a bona fide thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 7, 2011
What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Fienberg
May 6, 2011
How much should one admire this attempted fusion of disparate elements when "The Ledger" proves to be such a dismal thriller and such a banal meditation on faith?
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
January 21, 2011
It's bold to make a movie so heavily centered on a hot button issue. I just don't think it really explores it fully.
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Dennis Harvey
January 24, 2011
Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
January 26, 2011
Noteworthy in that the doomed love triangle at its center also attempts to be a tug of war over faith and devotion of both the secular and spiritual kinds.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 7, 2011
If nothing else, The Ledge is a reminder of what a terrible, terrible actress Liv Tyler is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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