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  • Summary: After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor's wife, Gavin soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a nonbeliever, Gavin is lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one hour to make a choice between his life or the one he loves. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be able to make a decision? It's up to police officer Hollis to save both their lives, but the clock is ticking in this edge-of-your-seat film that will leave you gasping until the final frame. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 8, 2011
    Chapman coaxes good performances from his cast, especially Wilson, who makes Joe's immense conflicts a matter of empathy as much as abhorrence.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 7, 2011
    Getting a movie's setup right is one thing. But following through on an intriguing premise is the hard part, and that's where Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, a thriller that wrangles with intricate ideas about faith and religious extremism, goes splat.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 7, 2011
    The Ledge is a sometimes-fascinating, often-aggravating chamber thriller that works best when it's doubling as an inquiry into faith.
  4. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Jul 2, 2011
    Before The Ledge descends into third act melodrama, there are enough intriguing moments to make the viewer sense the better film this one wanted to be. A real shame that one didn't make it to the screen.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jul 2, 2011
    There's a great deal of on-the-nose talk here about faith, rationality, sin and so forth. But Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 7, 2011
    The Ledge, it should be noted, is not dumb. What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jul 5, 2011
    There's nothing wrong with establishing a field of unlikable characters, but The Ledge not only relies on paper-thin stereotypes, it keeps its allegiances clear from the beginning.

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  1. Jul 23, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Excellent movie with well thought out plot. By the end of the movie, it makes your glad for what you do have in life. I feel it depicted a day in a life of an atheist pretty well. Minus the cheating to convert someones beliefs. :) Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    I loved everything about this movie. The acting and actors were just perfect, the story was interesting. Above all, it was a unique storyline. I usually have a hard time even sitting through a movie, but not this one. I didn't want it to end. I can't understand anyone not enjoying this film. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2011
    The Ledge is a sparse, uncluttered film challenging the viewer to confront the complexity of human life and how we attempt to make sense of our experiences. Most notably the film explores these issues at the intersection of religion. In Joe, Chapman finds his antagonist. Itâ Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2011
    The Ledge is definitely an intense story from start to finish. It tackles a subject most run from and keeps you tangled in the lives of its characters immensely. Each character has their own depth and story and the meshing of all of these is genius. If you like love stories, thrillers, tragedies, nail biters, tear jerkers or all of the above. This is the film for you! It will leave you contemplating life and religion for sure. Charlie Hunnam and Liv Tyler were a great onscreen match and both delivered A+ performances!! Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Because the marketing blitz focused on it being an "atheist" film, I went to see it but expected it to be ham-fisted. Instead, it was beautiful, moving, somewhat ambivalent, and ultimately touching: the opposite of ham-fisted. Sound and visual cues are used, and there is a lot of showing instead of telling.

    The fact that there are some very talented actors giving some very good performances helps, as does how almost every character is sympathetic despite being at odds with the others. Patrick Wilson's character in particular was surprisingly sympathetic. He is essentially the antagonist in terms of the plot but it's hard to truly see him as the villain.

    The stereotype of the religious woman who encounters an eye-opening atheist man clearly exists here, but in a way, it's almost an inversion of the "wild woman makes tame man's life interesting" film trope, which is refreshing to see. The chemistry between Liv Tyler and Charlie Hunnam is quite good and believable.

    Overall, the characters felt real and The Ledge gave me a lot to think about. I enjoyed the film greatly.
  6. Jul 9, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved the movie. nothing good comes from a love triangle and going to the extreme to prove ones love is extreme. The movie itself is a great. Their seems to be a couple of different story lines that innertwine.And all the actors are brilliant! Expand
  7. Jul 11, 2011
    The Ledge is one of the most recent films I've seen that carries with it a great debate within that convey's the basic idea of religion taken too far. From 9/11 to bigotry, this movie has hit the nail on the head converting it on screen. The suspense between the logical and unreasonable quickly becomes a battle of good and evil. For the general audience this will be a refreshing change of who the villian is portrayed as, which is truthful in many ways of its own. I loved every minute of it and would recommend it for an all around good drama-triller that is sure to stir up conversations afterwards with the people you watched it with. Expand

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