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Anatomy of a Murder Reviews

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Total Film
November 6, 2013
Otto Preminger's cynical view of the judicial system is curiously contemporary and still serves as a blueprint for numerous TV 'tec shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
November 6, 2013
This is probably the greatest courtroom drama ever made and it features James Stewart's finest screen performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
June 8, 2012
(Stewart's character) finishes the film an enigma, possibly the good go-getter of Capra but too much of a shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
Otto Preminger, no stranger to ruffling moral-watchdog feathers, never succumbs to the sleaziness inherent in the material, instead turning out an intelligent and tightly controlled drama that ranks as one of the all-time great courtroom procedurals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 9, 2012
Even with the glut of crime-related TV dramas that pepper today's screens, you'd be hard pressed to find a courtroom story that doesn't have you rooting one way or the other with a heavy-handed POV. This one doesn't it's way ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 1, 2012
simultaneously plays by and punctures the expectations of the courtroom thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 23, 2012
As courtroom thrillers go, it has few peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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TIME Magazine
April 24, 2009
At 160 minutes, Anatomy is longer than the subject warrants, but the pace seldom slackens -- thanks to the competence of Director Otto Preminger.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 23, 2007
The picture is superbly photographed by Sam Leavitt in black and white, though there's nothing black and white about the movie's morality.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 23, 2007
To me Remick's damaged, dysfunctional presence is the really subversive thing about the picture. And Stewart's grandstanding attorney propels this long film to its final verdict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Film4
October 23, 2007
From the stylised Saul Bass credit sequence to Preminger's assured direction, this is a thought provoking, superbly acted drama that simply oozes class.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 23, 2007
Preminger purposely creates situations that flicker with uncertainty, that may be evaluated in different ways. Motives are mixed and dubious, and, therefore, sustain interest.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
As an entertaining look at legal process, this is spellbinding all the way, infused by an ambiguity about human personality and motivation that is Preminger's trademark, and the location shooting is superb.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Coolly absorbing, nonchalantly cynical.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
It's simply the best trial movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 22, 2006
Otto at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 2, 2005
Brilliant from start to finish, this flawless courtroom drama is exquisitely acted by Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazarra.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2005
The screenplay, from a novel by John D. Voelker, drips with the smoke-drenched taste of 1940s noir, stinging the eyes and lungs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
April 19, 2005
Time has blunted much of the film's daringly ironic take on notions of guilt and innocence. Yet it still stands as a telling commentary on 50s America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
Packed with astonishing dialog and bristly performances, this is essential cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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