The Firm Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2003
Is this a thriller? You've never scene a 'suspense film' drag its heels so deplorably, enlivened only by some colorful character acting.
| Original Score: 1/5
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
"The Firm" is never boring (even at almost 2 hours and 40 minutes) but it never really sparkles either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The book moved at turbo speed. At two and a half hours, the movie crawls.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 26, 2008
Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end.
Chuck O'Leary
March 4, 2006
What starts out as interesting becomes increasingly hokey and silly -- Wilford Brimley is ludicrously cast as the firm's senior hit man -- where it should be intense and suspenseful.
| Original Score: 4/10
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 30, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
The fact that this was a hit proves, once again, that the average IQ is only 100.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Only if you have NOT read the book, would I recommend the movie; otherwise, I would say skip it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Pollack makes a solid job of it, as does Cruise. But solid isn't enough when it comes to thrillers -- or courtroom dramas, for that matter. Solid is great when it comes to office furniture.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 26, 2008
The first in a long series of unsatisfying Grisham adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Irish Times
September 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
With a screenplay that developed the story more clearly, this might have been a superior movie, instead of just a good one with some fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
A riveting drama, continuing to build the star of Cruise.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Tom Cruise legal thriller is great entertainment; case closed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Grisham's best novel; Grisham's best adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 23, 2005
Cruise at the top of his game
| Original Score: 3/5

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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