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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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

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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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.

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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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

About a cool gumshoe with a one-track mind — solving the case he's on

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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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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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Film4

Dullish detective yarn that promises a great deal more than it delivers in story, direction or atmosphere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
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.