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Re: Neo-noir list - the Pledge
Yes, 6.8 is too high, I grant you. I'd give it 6/10. This quality usually garners about 6 or slightly greater. The critics are amazingly high on it. I wonder why. Penn uses birds in the sky to no avail and a bird farm at one point. Nicholson uses brief spells of an oblique stare and silence, but that's about it. There is also the clumsy script device of having his buddies commenting about his life and the visit to a shrink, chain smoking...