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Presumed Innocent Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A thudding disappointment.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 31, 2013
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 31, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 31, 2013
Joshua Tanzer

| Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The performances are capable, if rarely inspired.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 31, 2013
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2005
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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This deliberately paced, almost monochromatic movie reserves its real energy and color for blaming the victim.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2013
Sue Heal
Radio Times

This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 31, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The adaptation of Turow's novel does a good job of presenting the evidence as needed, and no more than is needed, while allowing time for the characters to establish themselves.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi

| Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2002
Brian Orndorf

I mean, honestly. Sabich torching his marriage and career makes perfect sense opposite a full-court-press from the likes of Greta Scacchi. Pakula was no fool.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

July 29, 2010
Mark R. Leeper

A tightly plotted mystery that often threatens to leave loose ends and them very cleverly ties them all together.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

No masterpiece, but it has a certain snappiness to it that is entertaining, at least.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

December 23, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 31, 2013
Variety Staff
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Honed to a riveting intensity by director Alan Pakula and featuring the tightest script imaginable, Presumed Innocent is a demanding, disturbing javelin of a courtroom murder mystery.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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In a welcome return to suspense, Pakula effectively conveys the claustrophobia of domesticity and courtroom procedure.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
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