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.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Kasdan
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On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
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as Ben Chase

as Martin Thiel

as Ellen Faulkner

as Det. Mesel

as Detective Stillwell

as Gary Hull

as Claudia Curwen

as Dr. Sybil Thiel

as Prof. Clemens

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
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 13, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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.

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

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Gary Oldman as a good guy!

Anthony Valletta

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