Susan Sarandon, the emotional center of the narrative, received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing a recovered alcoholic laywer who interacts with the boy as a surrogate mother and a pro.
| Original Score: B-
An engrossing potboiler ... if you don't think too hard. But when you need a pot-smoking Lez Zeppelin-enslaved swamp rat-with-a-brain to plead your case, you call the pitch-perfect Susan Sarandon.
| Original Score: 3/5
Boring cliche Grisham movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
A lively screen translation of another legal drama by John Grisham
Pretty decent John Grisham adaptation
Grisham's best novel-to-screen adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Worthwhile adaptation of the best seller
Strong performances buoy standard Grisham potboiler.
It's a successful frame-turner, no more, no less, and the pleasure we feel is every bit as mild and just as fleeting.
There isn't a trace of subtlety or intelligence in the far-fetched adventure.
A high-voltage charge of suspense, action and humor.
The Client's first-rate cast carries it through its many lulls.
| Original Score: 6/10
It twists and turns in all the expected places, and almost never rises above the ordinary.
Not as satisfying as it should be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mindless, non-taxing fun, especially if you haven't read the book.
Almost every word Jones utters is terrific. The script is good, but his delivery is what makes it.
| Original Score: 3/4
All in all, it's a mixed bag -- but enjoyable enough to please Grisham fans.
This isn't a masterpiece of suspense, but it has its moments and is capable of providing some light summer entertainment.