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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though Wilson tries hard, none of the actors - including Terrence Howard as the detective who unravels this story in flashback is able to overcome the script's considerable deficiencies. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard put enough actors' oomph into these ledge mates to make them authentic characters even though the film fails to achieve anything like the same level of authenticity. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Getting a movie's setup right is one thing. But following through on an intriguing premise is the hard part, and that's where Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, a thriller that wrangles with intricate ideas about faith and religious extremism, goes splat. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    It eventually fails, not because of its philosophical ideas, but because it introduces so many of them at the same time that even a viewer with a score pad can't keep up. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Coincidence and contrivance are the name of the game throughout. show more

  • 12
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 40
    Ray Greene Boxoffice Magazine

    Before The Ledge descends into third act melodrama, there are enough intriguing moments to make the viewer sense the better film this one wanted to be. A real shame that one didn't make it to the screen. show more

  • 20
    Time Out New York

    It's the dead-fish flop of the didactic dialogue that does them in once and for all. show more

  • 40
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Despite a capable cast and attractive Baton Rouge, La., locales photographed by Bobby Bukowski, The Ledge suffers from a seriously flawed script that's just too implausible to be taken seriously. show more

  • 40
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    There's a great deal of on-the-nose talk here about faith, rationality, sin and so forth. But Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do. show more

  • October 09, 2011 feliciashanimoore
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    I really enjoyed this film. Charlie Hunnam and Liv Tyler had amazing chemistry. The story was thought-provoking and heart-breaking.

  • August 17, 2011 rm00000000086948
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    I am in complete agreement with the previous post. This film was a major disappointment. This film is basically a vehicle for the directors problems with Christianity and traditional marriage.. Boring. Wooden. Slow. Waste of talent. it will make YOU want to jump.

  • July 08, 2011 rm00000000095138
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    Based on the Sundance Film Festival synopsis, I expected to see an edge-of-the-seat thriller, but instead found myself watching a two hour rant thinly disguised as a screenplay. In fact, writer/director Matthew Chapman simply could have put the lead character Gavin (Charlie Hunnam) behind a podium and spared us the artifice of the silly plot. I get it that Chapman has issues with fundamentalist Christianity, but Saturday Night Live could have handled it with more subtlety. The dialogue is stilted and contrived, the plot formulaic, and the actors\' (Hunnam, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler) performances are wooden. The characters are shallow stereotypes, and the conventions are cliche (.i.e. shaggy, cool atheist vs. clean-cut, twisted Christian.) Chapman as writer/director is a blunt instrument. Not even the gifted Terrence Howard as Detective Hollis could save the soul of this preachy film. Pass on this one.

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