| Original Score: C-
The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.
More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.
Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.
| Original Score: 1/5
A reasonably exhilarating hybrid of prison movie and courtroom drama.
Regardless of how this version raises the hackles of Alcatraz aficionados, Marc Rocco's movie is a solid and affecting example of film making.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
An example of what happens when a picture has everything going for it except good writing and good direction.
| Original Score: 1/4