The Pledge
The Pledge (2001)

On the day of his retirement, Nevada homicide detective Jerry Black lingers in his office one last time. But when the body of a murdered 8-year-old girl is discovered in the snow-blanketed mountains, the reluctant retiree is unable to step… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its subject matter is grim and may make viewers queasy, The Pledge features an excellent, subtle performance by Jack Nicholson.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mystery-thriller buffs, promise yourselves that you'll see The Pledge. And while you're at it, be sure to invite along Jack Nicholson fans and anyone who saw the first two movies that Sean Penn directed.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A fierce, fragmented, downbeat film.

Blake Howard
Graffiti With Punctuation

It's "one last ride" for our leading character Jerry Black (Nicholson), until he abandons the case and retires. It examines a man trying to relinquish his deduction instincts in exchange for a slippery grip on a 'normal' life.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Penn can't be faulted for his work with the actors. Most of the featured players have only a scene or two, but they're indelible.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A movie of impressive performances and intriguing visuals that are worth the effort needed to let the tale roll out.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[Penn] sustains a mesmerizing intensity while relentlessly building toward an emotionally wrenching climax.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Ultimately, the payoffs just aren't there, either psychologically or dramatically.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

It's the rare -- and rewarding -- police drama that cares more for character than plot.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

Sean Penn's agonizing, angst-ridden "The Pledge" feels like a mystery less about murder and more about the inexplicable dangers of impulse and guilt. It's also a waning opportunity to see Jack Nicholson as anything besides a silver-haired hornball.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sean Penn directed this interesting story about the innate fear of ageing, wrapped inside of a murder mystery/hunt for a killer, with a tiny bit of "fuck… More
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Dale Dickey, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Tom Noonan, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Mickey Rourke, Sam Shepard,… More
Alex roy
The Pledge is an average thriller, one that doesn't have anything truly remarkable going for it. The problem I had with the film was that it was a long,… More
Dan Schultz
A solid, well-aimed look at a cop (Jack Nicholson) who is finding it hard to enjoy retirement after a case that popped up on the evening of his last day made… More
Melvin White
This is Sean Penn's masterpiece. He has made other really good movies like The Indian Runner and Into The Wild, but this is easily his best. The cast is… More
Jens S.
Inspired by Friedrich Dürrenmatt's story that already triggered a couple of good German adaptations of the murder hunt, this is Hollywood's take on… More

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