|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: January 19, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
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. Read full review
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.
The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
Nicholson is terrific here, in a role that demands he act, rather than just be Jack.
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.
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