The Oath (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort.
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[Barinholtz] lacks storytelling chops, aiming for wildly provocative satire but instead churning out a technically spotty screed.
The Oath appears to crave several things at once, all diametrically opposed.
"The Oath" has a sharp tongue and plenty to say about our times. It's just too bad it can't finish the conversation.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Oath
On the one hand I admire Barinholtz for trying to grapple with the deep seated rage and resentment festering in the heart of America, but he doesn't appear to have figured out how to coherently address it here. The movie is all over the place and the ending offers a resolution that is too simplistic.
I mean, I could actually see Ike looking a little like Bill Engvall as he gets older. But forrealz, I can't decide if this would be better/less stressful or just seem completely ridiculous if so much of it didn't hit so close to home.
Did not go the way that I expected, but I'm counting that as a good thing, I don't mind a movie taking a different path to the one I thought it would, my expectations are on me, and a pleasant surprise is still pleasant. Speaking of surprises, I like Tiffany Haddish in in this, something (based on my prior experiences) I didn't think would ever happen.
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