The Pledge
The Pledge

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The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and c... (Full plot summary below)

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The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? Written by <[email protected]

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Portland Oregonian - 9/10 by Kim Morgan One of the most aggressively ambiguous pictures of the year. There is a certain power to that.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert Penn and Nicholson take risks with the material and elevate the movie to another, unanticipated, haunting level.
Boston Globe - 9/10 by Jay Carr In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging.
Charlotte Observer - 9/10 by Lawrence Toppman Why on earth didn't Warner Bros. release this movie in time for Oscar consideration? Sure, it's bleak, depressing, sometimes painful to watch. But it would have been one of the best pictures of the year, and Nicholson (who hasn't done work of this caliber since "The Crossing Guard") might have been on the podium again.
New York Post - 9/10 by Lou Lumenick Not a film for all tastes, but it's a considerable artistic achievement.
Christian Science Monitor - 8/10 by David Sterritt The acting is excellent and Penn reconfirms his remarkable talent for muted, understated filmmaking that focuses on character and dialogue rather than spectacle and sensationalism.
USA Today - 8/10 by Mike Clark The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Carrie Rickey 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.
New York Daily News - 8/10 by Jack Mathews Jack Nicholson in a performance that ranks among his best, yet leaves you feeling unfulfilled as never before.
Chicago Tribune - 8/10 by Michael Wilmington A rare thriller - and a rare American film - that centers on both dramatic and moral issues, crises of conscience. And thanks to a superb central performance by Nicholson as detective Black, it's a film that compels, thrills and ends up coming very close to tragedy.
Variety - 8/10 by Todd McCarthy Nicholson is outstanding as he gradually but tellingly sketches in aspects of a man driven by a mission that outstrips his instincts as a professional lawman.
Mr. Showbiz - 8/10 by Larry Terenzi Works best as a mood piece — the mood, however, is grim.

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