Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 14, 2009
A good rule to follow for wannabe gritty thrillers: Lead actors shouldn't remind you of late-night informercial pitchmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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September 14, 2009
There's little in this pointless rehash to distract audiences from the pleasure of watching Tamblyn, a fine young actress whose direct, grownup stare belies her baby features.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 11, 2009
What you won't be able to figure out is why this laughable yarn didn't go straight to DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2009
The leads can't lend either spunk or gravitas to what was already a preposterous yarn 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2009
There are plenty of reasonable doubts about his mediocre legal thriller remake.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 11, 2009
Despite excellent stunt work and a too-brief appearance by Orlando Jones as an unflappable cop, the movie -- unlike Mr. Douglas's hairdo -- never rises above mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 11, 2009
What I can't figure out is how director Peter Hyams can remake a 1956 movie from the great Fritz Lang and not learn anything about suspense, pacing and storytelling in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 10, 2009
Like its title, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a generic, forgettable courtroom thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 9, 2009
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt feels like some throwaway 1980s TV movie, with its implausible premise, dizzying twists, cheesy montages and melodramatic score.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2009
Douglas makes smarm a chewy pleasure, but this is a noir in search of a hero we can root for because we actually buy what he's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
September 9, 2009
Any amateur magician can successfully yank the tablecloth away, but it's only impressive if there's something of value on the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 8, 2009
Lang's film, the last he made in the U.S., exposed the immorality of the death penalty; Hyams's retread offers only more plot and longer, louder car chases.
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September 3, 2009
Noisy and excessive where the original was hushed and restrained, and wholly devoid of mystique...