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High Crimes (2002)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 91

Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman make this predictable affair watchable.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 22

Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman make this predictable affair watchable.



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Defense attorney Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) seems to have the perfect life. She has a high profile job at a big firm, a beautiful home outside San Francisco, and a husband, Tom (James Caviezel of The Thin Red Line), who loves her. Claire's biggest problem appears to be that she wants to have a baby, and she's having trouble getting pregnant. But when the police investigate a routine break-in at her home, they uncover the truth about her husband's identity, and her life is thrown into turmoil.

Aug 27, 2002


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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (91) | DVD (23)

Comes off more like a misdemeanor, a flat, unconvincing drama that never catches fire.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cliff midway through.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Carl Franklin directs smoothly, but except for Freeman, the theatrics are pretty pro forma.

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Judd ... eyebrow-cocks her way through Carl Franklin's witless High Crimes.

April 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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In a movie like this, if you're not surprised, if you know what's going to happen and you can figure out everything then it ultimately falls flat and that's why it doesn't work for me.

April 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Stale and clichéd to a fault.

April 7, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Mediocre thriller of the betrayed-woman genre.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hampered by a bad script, this is a middling political thriler that's not supsenseful or dramatic enough to generate any interest in the proceedings; the good Morgan Freeman is totally wasted.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

This is the work of a director who seems to have been as bored and uninspired making this movie as I was watching it.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

High Crimes has its fair share of decent courtroom scenes but the legal tussles are far better than the emotional ones.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

...Starts out as a taut and intriguing story but seems to get more preposterous as it goes...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Military whodunit isn't great drama, but director Carl Franklin's skill makes for an above-average thriller.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

A pretty fair -- if twist-happy -- thriller.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

[Judd and Freeman] radiate an intelligence that makes so-so movies seem much better.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

This thriller-by-numbers fails to add anything fresh to an already exhausted genre.

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source:

Sure it's a good movie...if you've never seen one mystery flick in your entire life!

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

It's a serviceable courtroom mystery, geared for unadventurous Saturday night crowds who know exactly what they want.

August 25, 2002 Full Review

The twists and red herrings of the plot are so telegraphed to the viewer that they hit the screen with the detached precision of a bus schedule.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

The movie doesn't leave a person looking at his watch every few minutes. But the action is too far-fetched and the ending, in particular, is unconvincing.

August 10, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Another paint-by-numbers, cliché-ridden Hollywood thriller. You asked for it!

July 9, 2002 Full Review

'High Crimes' is criminal, criminal filmmaking. It's bad, and not in that '80s good way, just not good.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

A new type of role here for the great Morgan Freeman, who plays Grimes like a senior Hell's Angel on valium.

June 6, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Its surprises are about as surprising as discovering fruit at a fruit stand. As filmmaking, it's rarely more than professional. But it works better than it has any right to thanks to the performances of Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

May cause you to bite your tongue to keep from laughing at the ridiculous dialog or the oh-so convenient plot twists.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for High Crimes

At its core, High Crimes has an interesting story to tell. Unfortunately it tells it badly and is full of unnecessary characters, plot twists, action, etc. A good thriller should be thrilling and High Crimes is pretty far from Thrilling. Carl Franklin experiments with different styles of editing (at least in the first 20 minutes or so) that serve no purpose at all, he adds pointless and irritating characters like Jackie (played by the pointless and irritating Amanda Peet), spends next to no time on character development (Give the bad guy a scar over his face, just so people know he's the bad guy) and in the end, you couldn't give a hoot if Jim Caviezel's character is guilty or not. Also, if you're going to advertise a film as a 'Courtroom drama' you might want to have more than 10 minutes worth of courtroom footage. Morgan Freeman is the only reason I kept watching, not because he's particularly good in it but because he's likable. I would say this film is instantly forgettable but I think it may be too bad for it not to be remembered.
March 29, 2012

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really good interesting and surprising twist
December 2, 2007
Film Crazy

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I like to think that my film ratings are aimed at great performances, storyline etc, rather than how good looking a person is, which is why this film gets a 3. It was an ok film, with ok performances and an ok storyline.

The reason I say this is because if I had such a thing as a list of good looking actors, then my guess would be, Jim Caviezel would be at the top.

VERDICT: Watchable, but forgetable
November 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

Ashley always plays the victim and does it very well. Great cast. Story about a husband who is accused of murder and his wife defends him in court. It has a twist though.
August 3, 2007
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