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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. ~ John Bush, Rovi

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jun 12, 2007

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The pretentious psychological thriller has nothing worth saying about the American criminal justice system.

November 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Oldman's good, and Bacon's bad? Yeah, you know you want to see that

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Worth seeing for for the leading-man role reversal ... plus it's always great to see Bacon play a bastard.

July 27, 2002
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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.
May 21, 2007
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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.
March 18, 2009
neffielee
nefnie lee

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Gary Oldman as a good guy!
June 27, 2008
threefolddado

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    1. Martin Thiel: I acted on my belief. How many of us can say that? Can you?
    – Submitted by Frances H (58 days ago)
    1. Dr. Sybil Thiel: Simon thinks only the Thiels can judge the Thiels.
    – Submitted by Frances H (58 days ago)
    1. Prof. Clemens: The law is the dark shadow of justice. It does not shine. It's not even the same shape but it is connected. We know what cast the shadow and it's as close as we can get.
    – Submitted by Ram C (8 months ago)
    1. Prof. Clemens: The law is the dark shadow of justice. It does not shine. It's not even the same shape but it is connected. We know what cast the shadow and it's as close as we can get.
    – Submitted by Ram C (8 months ago)
    1. Prof. Clemens: We're meant to act even if we make mistakes; that's why we put a sharp point on pencils an eraser on the other end.
    – Submitted by Ram C (8 months ago)
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