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Let Him Have It Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2014
Courtenay slowly works his way into the center of the movie's sympathies. When he embraces his remaining family at the moment of his son's execution, his sorrow seems boundless.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2014
As the protagonist/victim, Eccleston gives a superb, riveting performance in his feature-film debut, as does Reynolds, another newcomer who deftly handles the role of the gun-crazy and trigger-happy Chris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2014
Let Him Have It is unabashedly weighted toward the perspective of the murderer as victim -- a notion that does not enjoy much public currency in our more violent times. But if ever there was a victim of the judicial system, it was Derek Bentley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
October 28, 2014
The script, by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, finds enough quirks in its protagonists to lift them above the issues-movie premise. Michael Kamen's atmospheric chamber score is also crucial to the film's success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mary Makarushka
Entertainment Weekly
October 28, 2014
A chiaroscuro drama of unstoppable tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2014
Fairness isn't the issue here, dramatic depth is: You don't have to favor capital punishment to feel yourself being manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 28, 2014
The sober, relatively uninspired account of a real-life crime that shook postwar London.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2014
A superior docudrama about a famous 1952 English murder case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
October 28, 2014
The picture never seems abstract or tendentious; it's always grounded in something real. Medak's direction is sensitive and blessedly straightforward, and he does remarkable work with the actors.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Let Him Have It takes one of the most controversial murder trials in postwar Brit history and comes up with a powerful mix of social conscience and solid entertainment.
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Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Medak's film is an angry story told with great force by very fine actors.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Let Him Have It, which has been evocatively photographed by Oliver Stapleton, finds beauty in unexpected places.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie's social agenda takes over; it becomes an editorial against the atrocity of capital punishment, and the personal details, the emotions, are obscured. As a result, the movie falls into two halves, and, therefore, is about half good.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie functions barely above docudrama, a mediocre TV-film effort.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
In his reconstruction of the trial, Medak is unforgiving, showing a legal system less concerned with justice than with proving itself correct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4