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A Civil Action Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a case in which the material really is better served in book form.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 22, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

The movie becomes one more David-and-Goliath morality play.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2007
Emanuel Levy
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Based on a true story, this is an intelligent legal thriller, very much in the mode of 1970s issue-oriented films, that may be too subtle and complex for the damands of today's market.

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2006

Time Out
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Delivering the verdict two thirds into the movie is anti-climactic, while Schlichtmann's belated atonement feels beside the point.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Anthony Miele
Film Threat

While Travolta is passable as Schlichtmann, it is the outstanding work from Duvall, Macy and briefly Tony Shalhoub that drive the story.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

I expected a harder hitting indictment against the uncaring power of corporate America. Instead, we get a middlin' courtroom drama that lacks the intensity of such films as the 1982 Sidney Lumet/Paul Newman film, The Verdict.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

April 9, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

the film is slightly overlong and the ending is anti-cathartic.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... hints at the complex moral issues that vein the story.

Full Review | Original Score: B

February 5, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

A legal drama that doesn't follow the usual Hollywood-John Grisham formula.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 6, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

neatly avoids slipping into melodrama, and despite plenty of niggling minor faults along the way the movie finally succeeds. With a more comfortably cast lead actor it could have been even more powerful.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

July 31, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

The film is so daring because it features a protagonist that we cannot and do not sympathize with.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B+

May 22, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

My only real problem is with the script.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

More complex, subtle, perplexing and memorable than the usual courtroom theatrics.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

It's not bad, but with everything else out there, I won't recommend it.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Just when it seemed the courtroom drama was suffering a fatal case of John Grisham, A Civil Action" rescues the genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 2, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Though the plot plays largely by the numbers, Zaillian treats the material with a welcome level of maturity that manages to sustain interest even when the storyline doesn't.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This David versus Goliath courtroom drama has just the right mixture of legal debate and emotional vibrancy.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002

Well, I know a movie is not worth seeing if I can't work up the energy to write about it for two weeks.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5

June 14, 2001

A fine script from director Steven Zaillian gives all involved plenty to chew.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Part of the film's problem may be in Travolta, who is never entirely convincing, and this works against a film that is trying to make the transformation of his character into its centerpiece.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 27, 2001
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