The Oath Reviews

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January 11, 2019
What's too bad is that The Oath loses control of its instrument just as the film's most riveting performance enters the picture.
January 8, 2019
The Oath is a horror movie disguised as political satire and you should watch it -- if only to get the conversation across the table started.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 16, 2018
The Oath is one of the year's comedic gems.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 21, 2018
Jokey white bro solidarity doesn't seem like the kind of understanding across difference that we need now.
November 7, 2018
The Oath does not rise to the level of Pieces of April, but it offers outlandish satire amid family politics in the midst of a national situation that calls for little thanksgiving.
October 29, 2018
The dynamic is familiar and funny... The second half isn't nearly as satisfying, but the film still works as caustic social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 29, 2018
There are funny ideas brought up throughout but they're never fully developed because they're dropped by the second half of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 25, 2018
With his eye keenly trained on the various ways ideology manifests as personality, Barinholtz wrings both hilarity and dread out of the chaotic moment before hope is lost.
October 24, 2018
[Barinholtz] lacks storytelling chops, aiming for wildly provocative satire but instead churning out a technically spotty screed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 23, 2018
Cranked to eleven at all times, The Oath is meant to mimic the frustrating and often fruitless task of seriously talking about politics in partisan times, but it's so basic and histrionic that it's more off putting than interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 22, 2018
It is in the role of writer/director that Barinholtz adds the most to the film, balancing the quirkier aspects of his characters and their predicament with the notion that something very like this could come to pass. Stranger things are happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/18
October 22, 2018
A far cry from nostalgic Thanksgiving movies of the past like Hannah and Her Sisters and Home for the Holidays in happier times. It's being marketed as a comedy, but don't believe, it's a mad-as-hell microcosm for the Age of Anger.
October 22, 2018
At times, The Oath is a disturbing and unnerving political cruise. Thankfully, Barinholtz knows just when and how to right his cinematic ship.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 22, 2018
While The Oath does have occasional moments of intensity and wit, they are almost always undercut by Barinholtz's chronically weak storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 20, 2018
Excruciating
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2018
The toothless satire might be less noticeable if the comedy wasn't so similarly gummy, but most of The Oath is rambling and uninspired, mostly amounting to one-note stereotypes shouting at each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2018
If there's a more stressful comedy than Ike Barinholtz' The Oath, I don't want to see it.
October 20, 2018
More conservative than liberal when it comes to providing laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 19, 2018
The Oath appears to crave several things at once, all diametrically opposed.
October 19, 2018
Thanksgiving is brutal enough without adding fictionalized political devices. The Oath fails to recognize this and fails to deliver any notable laughs or insights into our nation's politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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