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The Firm Reviews

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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 26, 2008
The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 26, 2008
A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.
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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
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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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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
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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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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cruise was born to play company man, and the role is an opportunity to sum up his old roles and transcend them with his most potently emotional work.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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