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Physical Evidence (1989)

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Though this police and courtroom drama did not do well at the box-office, some reviewers thought that the lead performances by Burt Reynolds and Theresa Russell were first-rate. Joe Paris (Reynolds) is a policeman suspended from active duty. He awakens from an alcoholic binge to discover that he is being charged for a murder he has no memory of. Jenny Hudson (Russell) is his court-appointed defense lawyer, a young feminist eager to prove herself in the courtroom. After some initial difficulties,

Mar 18, 2003

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So choppily assembled none of the various clues and innumerable suspects ever seem to lead anywhere.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The case is crazy with clues, fights, new characters who fail to detain the attention, and all-important tapes containing something or other. The resolution is rubbish.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Reynolds has appeared in a long string of stinkers in recent years, but this time, the trouble isn't his fault.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The problem is that there is no chemistry at all between Reynolds and Russell; they stand near each other and speak words of emotion, but there's not much light in their eyes and they don't budge the needle on the romantic voltmeter.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A showcase for Russell's amateurism, the director's ineptitude and the screenwriter's clogged pen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Reynolds' work is top-flight, making it all the more a shame that this vastly underrated film was a flop as a theatrical release.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Reynolds' performance as a tough former cop accused of murder is the best thing about this mediocre Jagged Edge wannabe.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

I'm optimistic when it comes to spending a rainy Sunday with one of Michael Crichton's books, but I'd be far less excited to see another of his films.

January 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...what on earth was [Michael Crichton] thinking when he agreed to helm this mess?

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

One more nail in Reynolds' cinematic coffin

June 26, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Yoiks!

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Never for a minute do we think Burt Reynolds might be guilty, and even harder to swallow is that he and Russell could even like each other, much less become lovers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Terribly written, terribly acted, terribly directed. Terrible!!!
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