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Jagged Edge (1985)

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57

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

In this hit thriller, a prosecuting attorney-turned-defense lawyer falls in love with a rich, charming client who's been accused of murdering his wife and her maid with a hunting knife. When an unknown assailant gruesomely slays San Francisco newspaper heiress Paige Forrester (Maria Mayenzet), her husband and business partner, Jack Forrester (Jeff Bridges), turns to corporate attorney Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) for counsel. Teddy, who quit her job with the district attorney's office four years

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Joe Eszterhas

May 2, 2000

Columbia Pictures

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The biggest fault of Jagged Edge is that whatever suspense it manages to generate in its climactic scenes is achieved artificially, through tricky editing and manipulative ''danger'' music.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A well-crafted, hardboiled mystery.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The wholesome cast completely obliterates the unstated perversities that have been this genre's reason for being.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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These days it is almost unheard of for a movie to keep you guessing until the last frame, but this one does, partly because Marquand plays it so beautifully straight.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The screenplay, by Joe Eszterhas, does what it can to throw up a smokescreen, but the audience will probably be well ahead of the story's final resolution.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Supremely effective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Slick and manipulative, Jagged Edge is nonetheless a vastly enjoyable psychological thriller due to the expert turns from Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, and Robert Loggia, who won a Supporting Actor Oscar nod for his role.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Expertly conceived and executed.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

No cutting edge, but does keep you guessing.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An exciting "whodunit" that fits in with the sensational crimes reported in the tabloids.

September 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Slick, unsatisfying silliness

August 26, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

So-so thriller that's finally pretty unintentionally funny.

October 29, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Taut legal thriller that really does keep the audience guessing.

September 11, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Your average thriller. Is he bad or is he good? Fine for a diversion.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Not a bad thriller, as far as thrillers that aren't very good, go.

April 1, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Instead of a compelling and tense movie, we get a disappointing exercise in Hollywood cliché.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Jagged Edge

A great, tense and violent thriller as a laywer defends a man accused of killing his wife.....and starts to fall for him herself.
June 15, 2007
Deano78

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The whole selling point of this film at the time was it's "shock" ending. Which is so unbelievably predictable, a 2 year old could guess it. A waste of time.
April 1, 2007
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A glossy thriller.
November 1, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

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A suspenseful thriller/drama, Jagged Edge didn't blow me away but it kept me guessing until the end and it's worth watching if you enjoy murder mysteries.
July 22, 2012
Joey Shapiro

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