Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: January 19, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 33 Critics
Positive:
28
Mixed:
5
Negative:
0
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75
A rare thriller - and a rare American film - that centers on both dramatic and moral issues, crises of conscience. And thanks to a superb central performance by Nicholson as detective Black, it's a film that compels, thrills and ends up coming very close to tragedy.
75
The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
75
Nicholson is terrific here, in a role that demands he act, rather than just be Jack.
65
Luckily, Penn's attentive directing and Nicholson's layered acting render The Pledge's occasionally questionable story permutations secondary to enjoying this emotionally powerful film of rare and grave subtlety.