The Pledge
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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

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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.
New York Post - 9/10 by Lou Lumenick Not a film for all tastes, but it's a considerable artistic achievement.
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.
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.
Chicago Tribune - 8/10 by Michael Wilmington Penn is a true talent, but there's just enough languid pretension to The Pledge to make you wonder if he's ultimately more interested in parading his promise as a director than in fulfilling it.
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.
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.
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.
Baltimore Sun - 8/10 by Chris Kaltenbach Short on action but heavy on ambiance, and the cumulative effect packs a whopper if you're willing to stop and think about it. Penn, never one to opt for action over thought, clearly expects that his audience will.
Mr. Showbiz - 8/10 by Larry Terenzi Works best as a mood piece — the mood, however, is grim.
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.

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