| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
A lively screen translation of another legal drama by John Grisham
| Original Score: 3/4
Pretty decent John Grisham adaptation
Grisham's best novel-to-screen adaptation.
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.