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  • Summary: Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson stars as Jerry Black, a Nevada homicide detective who volunteers for one final investigation on the eve of his retirement. He offers his expertise at a compromised crime scene and ends up making a promise to the young victim's mother that will change hisAcademy Award-winner Jack Nicholson stars as Jerry Black, a Nevada homicide detective who volunteers for one final investigation on the eve of his retirement. He offers his expertise at a compromised crime scene and ends up making a promise to the young victim's mother that will change his life forever. (Warner Brothers) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 91
    One of the most aggressively ambiguous pictures of the year. There is a certain power to that.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging.
  3. Not a pleasant film, but it is deeply, scarily rewarding.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Short on action but heavy on ambiance, and the cumulative effect packs a whopper if you're willing to stop and think about it. Penn, never one to opt for action over thought, clearly expects that his audience will.
  6. Though at times it threatens to meander off, Penn's movie fulfills its destiny as an alienated fable of justice and luck, personified by Jack in the twilight of his iconicity, babbling to himself at the crossroads of nowhere.
  7. 40
    Just a bad movie, with more bits of good acting and flashes of director's invention than you get in most bad movies.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    I can understand why The Pledge is oft-overlooked in Nicholson's career. He gives an above-average performance, backed by decent directionI can understand why The Pledge is oft-overlooked in Nicholson's career. He gives an above-average performance, backed by decent direction from Sean Penn. Expand

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