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The Oath (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort.

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A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris's own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails. As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.


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Barinholtz doesn't fully explore his dystopian premise and he doesn't make the best use of his cast. But The Oath has the scary energy of an all-too-plausible scenario.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A sharp, dark comedy could be assembled from all this stuff and nonsense. Note the word "could." It doesn't happen here.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

For all the darkness and pessimism, there is a hopeful strain to "The Oath," if you're willing to pay close attention.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"The Oath" manages to raise the moral stakes along with the mortal ones, ultimately arriving at some pretty tough questions.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Wants to have its pie and eat it too - lobbing political hand grenades and then running away, refusing to engage in the consequences the scenarios set up.

October 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The Oath lands in an unpleasant middle ground that is too close to reality to feel like escapism, and too antic to feel equipped at anything like incisiveness.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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