The Ledge

Ledge-thumbstandard This unusual, character-driven thriller follows young hotel manager Gavin (Charlie Hunnam), who steps out onto a high ledge to commit suicide. World-weary police officer Hollis (Terrence Howard) is assigned to talk him down but is tormented by traumatic issues of his own. The men find themselves debating atheism, faith and the meaning of life, and soon are embroiled in a battle of wills that has each man questioning his commitment to his chosen path.
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A film that looks to ask questions about faith and the existence of God, “The Ledge" features a man threatening to leap off a building. Read the review
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Chapman coaxes good performances from his cast, especially Wilson, who makes Joe's immense conflicts a matter of empathy as much as abhorrence. But Chapman doesn't have the filmmaking skills to conceal the talky, formulaic narrative.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Gavin recalls his experiences while standing atop a building ready to jump; we're meant to be on edge ourselves, but the only real mystery is why Tyler took such an unrewarding role in the first place.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  full review
Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
The characters in The Ledge exist for the sole purpose of argument, and the script is too narrow to engage the viewer unconditionally.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
The dopey setup might fly in a film with more panache, but Chapman seems to think he's making a gritty indie with ideas on its mind.
Sam Adams, Time Out New York  full review
Even if The Ledge couldn't be written off as a hollow polemic, there's also the lifeless drama, laughable dialogue, chintzy sets, and poor lighting to grapple with.
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice  full review
An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter  full review
Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
Dennis Harvey, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Available From: Jul 01, 2013
  • Queued by: 1464 people
Directed By
Matthew Chapman
Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Jaqueline Fleming, Christopher Gorham, Maxine Greco, Dean J. West, Jillian Batherson, Mike Pniewski, Katia Gomez

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