What undoes it is its mechanical structure: a stale dramatic formula of the sort taught in elementary playwriting classes.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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
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
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
Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Unlike its talky hero, the credibility of this preposterous drama immediately plunges into the abyss.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
An artificial drama enlivened by solid acting but dragged down by contrived melodrama over a fundamentalist nut.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
The Ledge has a couple very strong performances and it explores some interesting issues. There are some satisfying thrills to be had here and overall, it's not a bad watch.
- We Got This Covered
A perfectly watchable drama, but it could have (and should have) been a bona fide thriller.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Covering well-worn territory and offering no solutions, it ends up feeling shrill and angry and not nearly as profound as Chapman seems to think it is.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Clunky writing and flat-footed direction derail this initially intriguing exploration into both the power and limits of belief.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The framing device of its conceit is beyond silly, and its religious and philosophical debate a tad inorganic, but ambition and intellect help drive and push The Ledge in interesting ways.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
Nothing much holds together in this entropic drama that still manages to entertain sporadically through the efforts of its sincerely invested cast.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Simplistic, contrived, neo-noir psychological thriller
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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
If nothing else, The Ledge is a reminder of what a terrible, terrible actress Liv Tyler is.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
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.
A drama about the clash of faith between a zealous Christian fundamentalist and a non-believer with a zest for life.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The melodramatic flourish that ends The Ledge feels unearned and unclean: It's the sort of ending that ought to hit hard, and yet it comes off as perversely inconsequential.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
The writing here is so lifeless and schematic that even the attraction of Liv Tyler stripping down to get horizontal with Hunnam won't be enough to keep you watching.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
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
This is a film that sincerely believes that it's crafting a thoughtful debate on the conflict between faith and reason.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
An inconsistent, flavorless psychological thriller, trying desperately to come across provocative when it's truly about as deep and challenging as a television movie.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
How much should one admire this attempted fusion of disparate elements when "The Ledger" proves to be such a dismal thriller and such a banal meditation on faith?
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
There's no holy grail at the end of this path. Nor is there any great twist or reversal. Just a gigantic anti-climax that might prove to be Chapman's embracement of irony in the whole "this is all there is" slant towards atheism.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Noteworthy in that the doomed love triangle at its center also attempts to be a tug of war over faith and devotion of both the secular and spiritual kinds.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
It's bold to make a movie so heavily centered on a hot button issue. I just don't think it really explores it fully.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies