Criminal Law (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Criminal Law (1989)




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A successful defense attorney in Boston (Gary Oldman) finds that success has its price when one of the defendants he got acquitted (Kevin Bacon) resumes the killing spree he had started before being accused.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Kasdan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
HBO Video


Gary Oldman
as Ben Chase
Kevin Bacon
as Martin Thiel
Karen Young
as Ellen Faulkner
Joe Don Baker
as Det. Mesel
Tess Harper
as Detective Stillwell
Ron Lea
as Gary Hull
Karen Woolridge
as Claudia Curwen
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Dr. Sybil Thiel
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Prof. Clemens
Elizabeth Sheppard
as Dr. Sybil Thiel
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Critic Reviews for Criminal Law

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

May 13, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Criminal Law


Gary Oldman gives a strong performance in this suspense-thriller as an attorney who successfully defends accused killer Kevin Bacon. At first, the film bristles with tension and intelligence, yet it goes on to become predictable and ludicrous.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I was expecting alot more for a film that featured both Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. They both did a great job in their roles - Gary as a defense atty. who manages to get his client (Bacon) acquitted of murder; and then finds out his client is guilty. Bacon is great at doing creepy. I just thought the story was long and tedious in some places and quite predictable.

nefnie lee

Super Reviewer


Gary Oldman as a good guy!

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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