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The Ledge (2011)

Country: USA, Germany, Saudi Arabia

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Taglines: One life. One chance. One step.

Director: Matthew Chapman

Writers: Matthew Chapman

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, ...

A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice?

67 | 2011-07-08 | Peter Rainer

Chapman coaxes good performances from his cast, especially Wilson, who makes Joe's immense conflicts a matter of empathy as much as abhorrence.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

60 | 2011-07-07 | Stephanie Zacharek

Getting a movie's setup right is one thing. But following through on an intriguing premise is the hard part, and that's where Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, a thriller that wrangles with intricate ideas about faith and religious extremism, goes splat.
Read More: Movieline

50 | 2011-07-07 | Noel Murray

The Ledge is a sometimes-fascinating, often-aggravating chamber thriller that works best when it's doubling as an inquiry into faith.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | 2011-07-05 | Rex Reed

It eventually fails, not because of its philosophical ideas, but because it introduces so many of them at the same time that even a viewer with a score pad can't keep up.
Read More: New York Observer

40 | 2011-07-08 | Kevin Thomas

Despite a capable cast and attractive Baton Rouge, La., locales photographed by Bobby Bukowski, The Ledge suffers from a seriously flawed script that's just too implausible to be taken seriously.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

40 | 2011-07-08 | Elizabeth Weitzman

Though Wilson tries hard, none of the actors - including Terrence Howard as the detective who unravels this story in flashback is able to overcome the script's considerable deficiencies.
Read More: New York Daily News

40 | 2011-07-02 | Kirk Honeycutt

Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard put enough actors' oomph into these ledge mates to make them authentic characters even though the film fails to achieve anything like the same level of authenticity.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

40 | 2011-07-02 | Dennis Harvey

There's a great deal of on-the-nose talk here about faith, rationality, sin and so forth. But Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
Read More: Variety

40 | 2011-07-02 | Ray Greene

Before The Ledge descends into third act melodrama, there are enough intriguing moments to make the viewer sense the better film this one wanted to be. A real shame that one didn't make it to the screen.
Read More: Boxoffice Magazine

30 | 2011-07-07 | Stephen Holden

The Ledge, it should be noted, is not dumb. What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
Read More: The New York Times

20 | 2011-07-05 | Sam Adams

It's the dead-fish flop of the didactic dialogue that does them in once and for all.
Read More: Time Out New York

20 | 2011-07-05 | Aaron Hillis

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.
Read More: Village Voice

12 | 2011-07-08 | Kyle Smith

Coincidence and contrivance are the name of the game throughout.
Read More: New York Post

12 | 2011-07-05 | Jesse Cataldo

There's nothing wrong with establishing a field of unlikable characters, but The Ledge not only relies on paper-thin stereotypes, it keeps its allegiances clear from the beginning.
Read More: Slant Magazine