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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 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. Why on earth didn't Warner Bros. release this movie in time for Oscar consideration? Sure, it's bleak, depressing, sometimes painful to watch. But it would have been one of the best pictures of the year, and Nicholson (who hasn't done work of this caliber since "The Crossing Guard") might have been on the podium again.
  3. It's not hard to see why actors love working with Penn, even in the smallest roles; he lets them speak monologues even when they're saying nothing at all.
  4. Sets off depth charges of the psyche.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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. A nervy as well as somber piece of work, not only for the way it confounds and even frustrates certain genre expectations, but also -- and especially -- for the way it confronts the viewer with the moral implications of that frustration.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    I 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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