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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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NYT Review
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
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 11%
Critics' score: 11   Audience score: 49   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

Can't wait until Thanksgiving dinner to witness a pointless conversation between a pompous fundamentalist Christian and a sneering atheist? Then The Ledge is the movie for you. full review

Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

The characters in The Ledge exist for the sole purpose of argument, and the script is too narrow to engage the viewer unconditionally. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

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. full review

Sam Adams, Time Out New York

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. full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut. full review

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Available From: Jul 01, 2013
  • Queued by: 1406 people
Directed By
Matthew Chapman
Cast
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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