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True Crime (1999)

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86

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Investigative reporter Steve Everett (Clint Eastwood) has just relocated to the west coast after getting fired from the New York Times. Thanks to his old friend, Alan Mann (James Woods), the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune, Everett still has a job, but that's hardly the end of his problems. An alcoholic and a womanizer, he's been sober for two months and his marriage to Barbara (Diane Venora) is in as bad a shape as his car. Everett has also earned the hatred of city editor Bob Findley

Aug 10, 1999

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (18) | DVD (14)

Forget the mystery thriller plot... succeeds more as a study of character.

October 11, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The story drifts away, and the movie is structured in a conventional way that lets us know it won't end tragically.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Eastwood handles it professionally, intelligently, and beautifully.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Hard to swallow.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Few films cheapen their own material so blatantly.

July 12, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A riveting and moral drama about an antihero who comes through despite all his flaws.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Not so much a nail-biting whodunit as it is a picture puzzle of a self-destructive type in overdrive, weaving from one misstep to another to, eventually and accidentally, the right answer.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is the old gritty Clint -- the "Do you feel lucky punk?" Clint.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

A respectable film, particularly in its unequivocal details involving the characters and genuinely unpredictable outcome.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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Audience Reviews for True Crime

True Crime is full of pointless sub-plots that I can only imagine are there to distract from the fact that a) The story isn't very good B) The story isn't very believable and C) The conclusion is completely ridiculous. Clint Eastwood often forgets to tell the story at hand, we get that his character is busy but did we really need to see him go to the Zoo with his child on fast forward, did he need to hurt said child in order to escape the Zoo or sleep with his boss's Wife to show us that he is unhappy? How the hell did he even do all these thing in one day, especially as he makes a point of getting into work late? We are then supposed to swallow the fact that he can solve a crime in 5 minutes that a whole legal team couldn't manage in several months. All because Clint isn't racist? (even though he is) Because he can see through stereotypes better than anyone else? (even though he is the worst stereotype on film?) Because he is an expert in Potato based snack product placement? So past its sell by date you can almost smell it. The only redeeming feature is James Woods and Denis Leary's shouty bits, which are actually very entertaining.
November 6, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A really powerful story about fighting to the very end and never giving up. Clint Eastwood of course does a great job as a womanizing hot shot reporter, but it's funny that he does it so well at 70. I really liked the draw in to the story, it wasn't sappy at all. They established a really great character with Isaiah Washington and made him seem like a true victim of circumstance. The redemption was really more for Clint Eastwood, who desperately needed to fix the mistakes he had made in the past.
December 5, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

A distant relative of His Girl Friday, True Crime is about a reporter (Clint Eastwood) at the bottom of his career writing for a small news paper after botching a story. That's not his only problem, though. Steve (Eastwood) is a bit of an asshole. He lives for himself and his work, stopping to think about the consequences only after the deed is done. A set of circumstances leads to Steve being assigned a human interest story abut an inmate (Isaiah Washington) sentenced to death at midnight. While doing research for the piece it comes to light that the condemned man may be put to death for a crime he did not commit.


This is a well made film that runs at a nice pace. The beginning and the middle run smoothly as Steve goes through his day. It's intriguing at how a story materializes for the reporter. Even the prison interview scene, the obvious cheese in a film like this, is actually well written and acted. The problem with the film is that the ending, though giving the audience the obvious tension, seems a little bit of a cheat and plays out a bit to cliched. Not on the part of the actual execution, but in the way the case is broken open. It soils a film that runs at a great pace through its first and second acts.


It's not a typical Eastwood masterpiece, but it is an above average film that Eastwood tends to make when taking a break from his truly great works. It's a nice little thriller if you don't expect too much in the end.
July 11, 2010
sononothing

Super Reviewer

Very enjoyable drama about an innocent family man who's on death row. Can Eastwood interject and save the man's life or is he already too late?
August 16, 2009
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