The Drowning Pool
The Drowning Pool (1975)

Suave gumshoe Lew Harper returns in this suspenseful sequel to Harper that again stars Paul Newman in the title role. This time Harper takes a case for a beautiful Louisiana oil tycoon (played by Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward) to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Variety Staff

Stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A confusing and not very exciting private eye caper.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

Perhaps the saddest thing about The Drowning Pool is that the incompetence-cum-artiness of Stuart Rosenberg has subverted the talent of the usually redoubtable Gordon Willis.

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Time Out

Unfortunately, Rosenberg directs flatly, hopping from one set piece to the next, disjointedly throwing characters of varying interest across Newman's path.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An interminable drag.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This and a few other scenes are truly suspenseful, but for the most part the film is a synthetic, forced story peopled with some interesting characters and fine performances.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

As a convoluted caper it generates action rather than character and surface mystery rather than meaning.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It has a field day recycling private eye cliches while down in the bayou.

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Steve Crum

Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.

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Conner Rainwater
An excellent sequel to Harper. It takes everything great from the first film without being repetitive. Paul Newman delivered a great performance as did a young… More
xGary Xx
Lew Harper returns to investigate a case of the blackmail of a wealthy southern woman and uncovers corruption and murder. As usual. The sequel to Harper is far… More
jay nixon
mediocre and muddled but Newman is good as always.