Absence Of Malice Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 1, 2008
Absence of Malice does not invalidate All the President's Men. But with entertainment values -- and a moral sense -- every bit as high as that film's, it observes that there is an underside to journalistic gallantry.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 26, 2008
A solid, absorbing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
May 26, 2008
A splendidly disturbing look at the power of sloppy reporting to inflict harm on the innocent.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 28, 2007
Well-meaning liberal message story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Impeccably liberal in its orientation to 'issues,' his avoids the excesses of Stanley Kramer-like telegraphy, only to come up looking aesthetically wet.
Emanuel Levy
February 3, 2006
Despite good intentions, this uneven drama might disturb women as the journalist played by Sally Field is not only irresponsible but also not very bright; Paul Newman compensates with a strong turn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
gripping little thriller
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I not only liked this movie despite its factual and ethical problems -- I'm not even so sure they matter so much to most viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 16, 2004
Além de errar ao não condenar os absurdos cometidos pela repórter vivida por Field, o filme inclui um romance forçado e implausível. Definitivamente, não envelheceu bem.
| Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2003
Superbly observed.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
What Mr. Pollack's movies lack in momentum, they make up for in quiet gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The ultimate conclusion of the film will leave you thoughtful and even perhaps a touch sad -- rare for any film, and even more rare for a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Sally Field and Paul Newman deliver some great work in this look at journalistic warfare.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
June 18, 2002
Another bash the media film, but 15 years before its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The picture has a smug, demoralizing sense of pervasive corruption.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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