• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sidney Lumet
    In Theaters:
    Mar 17, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 27, 2006
  • Yari Film Group

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Find Me Guilty Reviews

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's hard to do anything in court that hasn't been done before. It's a static situation, and points are scored in tiny increments. No big witness-stand breakdowns, no tearful confessions. Thus, boredom creeps in.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2006
Christy Lemire
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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If you didn't know you were watching Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, you wouldn't know you were watching Vin Diesel. And that's a compliment.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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[Lumet's] crowning masterpiece.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 29, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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As Vin Diesel plays him in a likable, image-adjusting turn -- prosthetically fat, thick of Jersey accent -- Jackie (who died in 2004) was about as sweet as a career criminal can be.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 25, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A film guilty off moral stupidity and misguided hero worship.

March 25, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This movie by its nature is not thrilling, but it is very genuinely interesting, and that is rare.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This may be the most Brechtian thing Lumet has ever done -- a movie that repeatedly challenges us to think and then to reconsider.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Sitting through the belabored courtroom drama Find Me Guilty feels like a particularly prolonged session of jury duty.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

March 24, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Excellent, polished, meticulously researched and entirely galvanizing.

March 22, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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For the first time in years Vin Diesel has a project that reminds us why he was tabbed to be a movie star in the first place.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 20, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Minor but well-crafted.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It falls short of vintage Lumet while playing to his strengths as an actor's director who's built a career on themes of moral ambivalence.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 17, 2006
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lumet is back on top of his game -- Find Me Guilty is his first feature after the awful 1999 remake of Gloria, and the reason is his strong grasp of characters who have a point of view.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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You can't build a modern-day Crucible out of one crook's refusal to rat out a bunch of pimps and loan sharks.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Belongs to the odd couple of Dinklage and Diesel, whose volatile performance finally proves he is much more than an action star.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It's one thing to project sympathetic qualities onto fictional gangsters like the Corleones and the Sopranos; it's another to make protagonists out of actual members of the Lucchese crime family.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As the case grinds on and we follow Jackie from his cramped cell to the airless courtroom we begin to feel as confined as the prisoner himself.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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To the charge of squandering credibility despite being based on a true case: guilty.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A pleasing return of sorts to Lumet's training in the early years of TV.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Lumet, who also has been in better form, tends to let the movie drag through a script that asks us to cheer the acquittal of 20 members of the Luchese crime family.

| Original Score: C+

March 17, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Slow, repetitive, flat and altogether wrongheaded, using suspect editing of a true story to make us celebrate a bunch of vicious crooks.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 17, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Although Find Me Guilty presents Mr. Lumet and company in top form, the film does not belong in the top tier of the director's work. But in important moments, it touches that tier, and for that audiences will be grateful.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

March 17, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Starting in 1987, the Lucchese trial crawled on for a historic 21 months, and the movie feels like it lasts twice that long.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Diesel isn't amusing, so he merely comes off as a showy actor in a bad wig.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

March 16, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Find Me Guilty, Mr. Lumet's first feature film in seven years, catches him near the top of his game.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

March 16, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's best to approach Find Me Guilty as a showcase for Diesel, who is finally beginning to prove he's more than the next-generation Van Damme.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For all its ripped-from- the-headlines verisimilitude, Find Me Guilty sometimes feels like it should have been called Find Me My Cousin Vinny.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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As Jackie, [Diesel's] the real surprise in what otherwise is a less than electrifying courtroom drama.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Peter Dinklage is excellent as the mob's chief lawyer.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

March 16, 2006
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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Diesel infuses the Lucchese family made man with a convincing cocktail of sweetness and rage.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 16, 2006
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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Character-rich pic plays like vintage Lumet, mining the grim comedy from life-and-death legal wranglings in the manner of Dog Day Afternoon, Prince of the City and The Verdict.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 16, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Not the best work Lumet has done, but it's worthwhile viewing for anyone who likes gangsters, courtrooms, and what happens when the two are brought together.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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[Diesel's] groping around in the role, as with Jackie's clumsy attempts at courtroom decorum, gradually wears away resistance.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The whole thing might backfire were it not for Diesel's commanding performance, a tribute to Lumet's storied magic touch with actors if ever there was one.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 16, 2006
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A few good performances can't carry a sluggishly written and directed movie that you may want to rename Find Me an Exit.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

March 16, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It takes some time to accept the miscast Diesel in a role that even he'd probably concede would be a better fit for Pesci, but Diesel delivers his liveliest and funniest performance in ages.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

March 15, 2006
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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Find Me Guilty is overlong and often sitcomy, but it's also pleasantly old-school, with a tone, soundtrack, and even a title-card font that suggest a mellow but not senile Woody Allen.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 14, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Except for a scene with the electrifying Annabella Sciorra as Jackie's ex-wife, Diesel cuts up when he should cut deep.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2006
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