The Oath (2018)

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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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A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris's own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails. As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.

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[Barinholtz] lacks storytelling chops, aiming for wildly provocative satire but instead churning out a technically spotty screed.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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The Oath appears to crave several things at once, all diametrically opposed.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Oath" has a sharp tongue and plenty to say about our times. It's just too bad it can't finish the conversation.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One thing that's admirable about The Oath is that Barinholtz never apologizes.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Political satire is one of the trickiest of genres; this one, running out of steam and nerve, ultimately becomes a too-familiar example of another genre: the 93-minute movie that feels way, way too long.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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