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Double Jeopardy (1999)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 63

A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 18

A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.



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Movie Info

A woman, who has served six years of a prison sentence for killing her husband (after he faked his own death and framed her in an insurance scam), sets out to take in the money of the scam. Tommy Lee Jones plays the downtrodden parole officer who has to track her down.


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

David Weisberg

Feb 22, 2000

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (63) | DVD (25)

This movie was made primarily in the hopes that it would gross millions and millions of dollars, which probably explains most of the things that are wrong with it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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A lukewarm outing that mostly just bops from plot point to plot point.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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The picture itself is so nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Piles one loony twist on another with dizzying abandon when it's not bogged down drinking up scenery that has been exploited to a fare-thee-well on the big screen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The way the screenwriters treat the law is in many ways similar to way they treat intelligence of the viewers.

February 14, 2005 Full Review

Double Jeoprady has all the legal savvy of the O.J. Simpson jury.

July 16, 2004

The script, not rooted in logic, leaves certain plot elements unexplained. And when the ending arrives, it's no surprise.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

This film takes a potentially interesting premise and makes some mistakes that result in a faulty final product.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

This bone-weary material would barely make for a passable episode of Diagnosis: Murder.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source:

Implausible and's "The Fugitive," complete with Tommy Lee Jones in essentially the same role.

April 7, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Too much of Double Jeopardy is illogical.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Too bad you can't shoot the screenwriters.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Jeopardy has elements of an enjoyable film, and the various plot twists start out promising, but director Bruce Beresford never quite follows through, and is unable to effectively control the movie's pace and tone.

January 1, 2000

Anyone with half a brain will leave the theater feeling cheated by its cockamamie premise and unoriginal styling.

January 1, 2000

It attempts to be both prison picture and murder mystery, without really succeeding at either.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What you don't get is tense, credible plotting.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Stacked up against the film is a pile of implausibilities that it simply doesn't possess the thrills or momentum to distract a viewer from.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

Whether this riot of unrepentant trashiness strikes you as tediously ridiculous or brainlessly amusing is probably a matter of mood.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A poorly made thriller, reeking from conventionality and lacking suspense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-made thriller, to be sure, but just about as banal as they come.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Double Jeopardy

The idea behind Double Jeopardy is great. The Double Jeopardy law in America used to state that you cannot be charged for the same crime twice. So when a women is charged for the murder of her husband who actually framed her, changed his name and left town, there is no stopping her from killing him, in broad daylight if she wishes, once she is released from prison. The premise for the ultimate revenge movie no? Well, no as it turns out. She just wants her kids back, which is fair enough but doesn't lead to much excitement. The acting is awful and the script is even worse. The courtroom scenes are toe-curlingly bad, the bachelor auction scenes are even worse! Many of the scenes are absolutely pointless, mindless action generally replaces clever writing. The logic goes straight out of the window, with pretty much every scenario stinking to high heaven. A great idea executed in the worst possible way. It's also really dated considering it was only made in 1999, it feels like a bad 80's movie rather than a bad late 90's movie. Bad movies are ten a penny but when the idea is so strong it makes the experience of watching that little more frustrating.
June 11, 2014

Super Reviewer

It's rare for me to find myself so convinced that one person's trash actually is another person's treasure. I can, quite honestly, envision enjoying DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Had this plot been scripted by a mastermind in the crime genre and directed by someone of the Martin Scorsese caliber, it would have soared. Albeit intriguing, I'm not one to overlook cornball dialogue, poor acting, severe lack of reality, and the employment of just about every clichà (C) in the book--as far as crime thrillers--when I sit myself down in front of such movies. Trash? Not quite, but certainly trashy. Treasure? Uhh, no.

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August 14, 2012

Super Reviewer

Quite an overused idea, the beginning seemed to take quite a while but then the main part (especially her jailing) didn't take very long at all and left me confused about the time span of the film. Acting was decent but nothing special and overall a very obvious film with no guessing to be done.
April 11, 2012

Super Reviewer

This movie is a thriller about a woman convicted (wrongly) of murdering her husband. She gets a lengthy prisons sentence but gets out early on good behavior. When she discovers that not only was she (correctly) set up, but that the person who did it was her husband, she sets out for revenge, planning to exploit the double jeopardy loop hole which says a person cannot be convicted for the same crime twice.

Double jeopardy is a real thing, but the film plays fast and loose with it, and the way it is demonstrated here isn't actually how it works. That aside, this is a very entertaining film, despite being kinda silly and on the nose. The motivations for various things (aside from the revenge) aren't really well constructed, and the writing just feels kinda 'bare minimum', but the performances are passable, and the audience does feel satisfaction in seeing Ashley Judd's Libby run around on her quest for revenge.

This film comes off to me as the cinematic equivalent of an airport novel. I mean that as mostly a compliment, even if I don't completely recommend the film as something worth watching very often. Had this been better scripted, and maybe had a bit tighter direction, then it might hold up as more than rainy day popcorn fare.
August 13, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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