The Oath Reviews

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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 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 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 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
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 20, 2018
More conservative than liberal when it comes to providing laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 19, 2018
We just don't feel like we have the energy for this shit anymore, and for Barinholtz to capture so well, with only his first film, that specific, quietly universal exhaustion of being alive in 2018 -- that's the film's real feel-good ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
October 19, 2018
It's Parenthood directed by George Orwell. Happy Thanksgiving!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 19, 2018
Some might balk at the idea of seeing a comedy about the heightened political tensions of our times, but as someone who has had a few of those arguments with family members myself, I found "The Oath" to be utterly cathartic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2018
The Oath is (at first) a scarily realistic and darkly funny depiction of the political argument feedback loop that rips some families apart. But the violent last act allows Barinholtz to slip away without an idea for leaving that loop.
Full Review | Original Score: C-plus
October 19, 2018
...a decidedly erratic drama that fares best in its fairly engrossing and engaging opening stretch...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2018
No matter how wrong all of this is, The Oath is a finger-pointing wake-up we could all use.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2018
[The Oath] serves as a perfect reflection, skewering and rumination of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2018
For a first-time director like Barinholtz, The Oath is more than impressive. Tonally, it goes all over the place, but that only serves to keep the audience as off-balance as the characters onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2018
It's an ideal release for the election season. Just be prepared to grind your teeth through some of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2018
I found it to be the equivalent of a free-swinging slugger who is willing to strike out once, twice, even three times - but then hits one clear out of the park. It's worth the risk-reward ratio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2018
One thing that's admirable about The Oath is that Barinholtz never apologizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2018
[T]his is a comedy about the here and now. Let's hope it's not about the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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