The Drowning Pool
The Drowning Pool (1975)

Paul Newman returns as private detective Lew Harper is this tale of blackmail and murder based on a novel by Ross MacDonald. Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward), the wife of a wealthy oilman from Louisiana, hires Harper after she receives a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 7, 1975
DVD 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

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.