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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In crafting a fierce, fragmented, downbeat film about a character who makes the wrong decision as a man by being right as a cop, Penn flies in the face of what sells in Hollywood. Godspeed. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Sets off depth charges of the psyche. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The problem isn't a lack of substance, and certainly not a dearth of talent, but a shortage of fun. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is understatement to say that Nicholson does some of the finest work of his career here, easily equaling "The Shining" for gargoyle monstrousness and "As Good as It Gets" for tortured humanism. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Jack Nicholson in a performance that ranks among his best, yet leaves you feeling unfulfilled as never before. show more

  • 75
    Larry Terenzi Mr. Showbiz

    Works best as a mood piece — the mood, however, is grim. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Penn and Nicholson take risks with the material and elevate the movie to another, unanticipated, haunting level. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Not a film for all tastes, but it's a considerable artistic achievement. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging. show more

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