Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 7, 2011
    30
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 5, 2011
    20
    It's the dead-fish flop of the didactic dialogue that does them in once and for all.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Jul 5, 2011
    20
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 8, 2011
    12
    Coincidence and contrivance are the name of the game throughout.
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jul 5, 2011
    12
    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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    10
    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 takenThe 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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.
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  3. Jul 9, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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! Full Review »