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A Few Good Men Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2014
By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2014
A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
April 30, 2014
The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 30, 2014
The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2014
The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2014
As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 30, 2014
It's a very watchable picture, with plenty of drama and some good laughs. But you can't forget for a moment that Reiner is taking your emotions on a carefully guided tour.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 30, 2014
The film's entire cast and crew prove up to the task, and there's something both comfortably old-fashioned and blazingly contemporary about Aaron Sorkin's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 30, 2014
The ultimate rebel Jack Nicholson has a ball playing the ultimate establishment figure in this star-laden, rather old-fashioned courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
April 30, 2014
As a courtroom drama, it manages to overcome its shortcomings -- some fairly ridiculous dialogue, implausible situations and predictable plot points -- with the pure screen power of its stars.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 30, 2014
Though a courtroom drama on the surface, the movie is really about the changing face of power in the military, and in all walks of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 30, 2014
I'm usually a sucker for courtroom dramas, but Rob Reiner's highly mechanical 1992 feature... kept putting me to sleep.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 30, 2014
More than competent are Moore, spared from what would have been a phony romantic involvement with Cruise, Kevin Bacon as a prosecutor and Kiefer Sutherland as a by-the-book Marine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

People Magazine
April 30, 2014
A somber, studiedly intense drama that is absorbing despite its total predictability.

Total Film
April 30, 2014
The best feature of Rob Reiner's court martial drama isn't Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth" speech. It's seeing a classy cast and a slick script hammer home a smart liberal message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Directed by Rob Reiner, from Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of his hit Broadway play, A Few Good Men is a thrillingly effective crowd pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2008
An extraordinarily well-made movie, which wastes no words or images in telling a conventional but compelling story.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 21, 2008
The final scene, when Kaffee locks horns with Jessep, more than makes up for the predictability of what's come before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
December 21, 2008
Although Nicholson has little more than an extended cameo, he seizes the final courtroom scene and makes it a tour de force of cinema.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
The same histrionic fireworks that gripped theater audiences will prove even more compelling to filmgoers due to the star power and dramatic screw-tightening.
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