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The Gingerbread Man (1997)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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Robert Altman directed this John Grisham tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder (Kenneth Branagh) celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The partygoers include his ex-wife Leeanne (Famke Janssen), the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan (Daryl Hannah); and caterer Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz). After Mallory finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Robert Altman

Jan 11, 2000

PolyGram Video

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Robert Altman the up-and- down director meets John Grisham the constant mediocrity. Just where, in our hypothetical picture, should we place that unlikely scene?

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots, through screens, bushes and sheets of rain, and Chungwei's images, sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh, stick with you long after you've forgotten their context.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If you like movies more than you do John Grisham, you can leave the story behind and listen to the filmmaking master class that Altman conducts on the screen.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Unless one counts a few running gibes against lawyers that can easily be imagined coming from Grisham, Altman basically chooses to treat this hackneyed story straight.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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That it seems a step up from sensationalism is because Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman

February 24, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

A pulp melodrama in denial.

June 6, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The performances are great.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Little more than 120 minutes of nifty storm sounds.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The unlikely pairing of John Grisham and Robert Altman proves rewarding for both partners.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

Altman has done something much better: he took what could have been a generic movie, and by investing artistry and effort, he made it into something more.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Not only does the show drag, it is predictable with a capital P.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

It's a pity the director couldn't manage to make sense of the plot, which is like a puzzle with too many missing pieces.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Ultimately superfluous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

There oughtta be a law against any more of John Grisham's tales of lust, deceit and murder involving lawyers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Contains only dabs and traces of the director's vision.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Uneven, often predictable and occasionally strange.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

It's Branagh that holds this film together, and he does well, and it's a taut thriller, but one that lacks the panache of an Altman film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film becomes an Actor's Studio venture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Merely just good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Gingerbread Man

Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.
December 13, 2012
Graham Jones

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Altman concocts what may have been a good thriller, but forgets to add the thrills. This is certainly not his genre. Why show us somebody trying to make a phone call to someone and building it up so much when we know that person hasn't got there phone? Especially when it cuts back to the shot of the phone more than once. The cast are great and really manage to salvage what is quite an interesting script until the final twist.
March 15, 2008

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Sadly very underrated.
April 2, 2007

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