Murder in the First - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder in the First Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
January 30, 2005
A must see for Kevin Bacon's performance, especially in the early scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 4, 2005
It is Bacon's absolutely powerhouse performance that helps make 'Murder' one of the classic prison pictures of all time. (published 1-27-95)
Full Review| Original Score: A
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 23, 2004
Average thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 13, 2004
O roteiro maniqueísta e a direção pesada, nada sutil, de Rocco comprometem irremediavelmente o filme - que ainda conta com a atuação nada convincente de Slater.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 29, 2003
An arbitrary by-the-numbers courtroom/crime yarn that sometimes shifts between being too preachy and pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Standard courtroom thriller with two fantastic performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It's a sorry excuse for a serious movie.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An example of what happens when a picture has everything going for it except good writing and good direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
As a thriller, Murder in the First has all the elements but is so flamboyant and overblown that it becomes off-putting quite quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Unsalvageable and inadvertently silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Attempts to masquerade as a historical drama, but twists the facts to have them fit the traditional Hollywood courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Slater, who in certain shots looks curiously like Kevin Costner, is an actor with talent, but he is too young for this role, and not confident enough to dial down a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
It's a struggle for Bacon -- and I'm not doubting the facts of the matter -- because the part is so clearly designed to knock us out; but Bacon is honest, in touch with Young's sources or lack of them.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A reasonably exhilarating hybrid of prison movie and courtroom drama.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Explores the human condition with a rare passion.
| Original Score: 4/5
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