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Class Action (1991)

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100

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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A pair of lawyers must balance their professional principles (such as they are) against family loyalties in this courtroom drama. Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) is a leftist lawyer who has based his career on helping people avoid being taken for a ride by the rich and powerful; he's pursued principle at the expense of profit, though he has a bad habit of not following up on his clients after their cases are settled. Jed's daughter, Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), has had a bad relationship

Feb 1, 2005

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Apted gives this smarter-than-average script a slick look and expertly develops suspense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It is the fierce accord between Mastrantonio and Hackman that distinguishes the movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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What I liked best was the way the whole legal case and all of its twists and turns were used to force the Hackman and Mastrantonio characters into learning things about themselves.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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less a battle of people and corporations than a battle between a fiery daughter and smug father

May 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

How far we've come! Here, it's still the youngster -- and the woman -- who needs to be put in her place.

May 14, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A two-fisted slugger, hammering across points about legal and familial ethics.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Not exactly a nail-biter, but a well-crafted courtroom thriller

June 12, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Two great actors giving two great performances

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

Works like an above-average TV-flick ... only with better actors.

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Class Action is one of the rare films that combines a truly affecting family crisis with a good potboiler.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene

Director Michael Apted has taken what could have been a routine courtroom drama and built instead a stunning study of familial love and misunderstanding.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Managed to take one of the most contrived plots I've ever seen and make it seem, if not original, then at least way above average.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Class Action

Was this the one that took place on a moving train?
April 2, 2011
burgerstar

Super Reviewer

Do you remember when Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was supposed to be the next big thing and then she vanished after Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Perhaps we should have seen the future forecast here. A very plain and ordinary movie based on a slightly interesting premise. Blah! Only see this if you are bored.
November 25, 2007
John Ballantine

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