Runaway Jury (2003)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 113 | Rotten: 43
An implausible but entertaining legal thriller.
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 12
An implausible but entertaining legal thriller.
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 61,885
Three people attempt to bend justice for their own purposes in this drama based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham. After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun, with her lawyer, Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), arguing that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations pertaining to the sale of firearms. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer is taking no chances
Oct 17, 2003 Wide
Feb 17, 2004
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[T]his film ranks just below The Firm and The Client on the list of John Grisham-inspired thrillers, thumbs up.
A lot of famous faces populate the courtroom in this overplotted and farfetched tale of jury-tampering, but they and the horse they rode in on are all so mired in illogical, head-scratching incoherence, they need lawyers of their own.
As in all his films, there's a sense that honest human emotion bores Fleder, but he gets points for packing the trial with fine character actors, all of them adept at wringing humor and poignancy from cliche.
In spite of its cheesy plot twists, thoroughly second-rate direction, and criminally wasted ensemble, Runaway Jury adds up to a nice little gotcha! courtroom melodrama.
Fleder's direction confirms the impression left by his previous films, Don't Say a Word and Kiss the Girls among them, that he's a hack.
A taut, escapist legal thriller.
...the best cinematic rendering of a Grisham novel ever, which is either saying a quite lot or very little at all, depending upon your view of things Grisham.
The film's action is limited to repeatedly ransacking Cusack's apartment, and the plot is rife with Big-Brother-is-watching paranoia.
...the first adaptation of a John Grisham novel whose premise and doings I found didn't ring true for a second. Yet I enjoyed the film from beginning to end. Go figure.
'Buen thriller con una que otra vuelta de tornillo que seguramente dejará satisfecho a la mayoría'
Lo que tambalea un poco es el final, porque como suele pasar en el cine de Hollywood las cosas se resuelven más fácilmente de lo que la verosimilitud indicaría...
The kind of bracing psychological thriller that makes a case for the battle of ideas being every bit as thrilling as a great fight scene.
A tepid legal thriller . . . madly edited, with serviceable performances and dialogue that's snappy without being biting. . . . evades answering the moral questions it poses.
[O filme é] suficientemente inteligente para prender a atenção do espectador sem se tornar maniqueísta.
may send lawyers' eyes a-rolling, but audiences should willingly indulge every fast-paced moment
Anexpertly crafted crime thriller that knows how to juggle the facts and the action without bogging them down in fits of overkill.
Good performances, a quicksilver pace, and some modest surprises result in a satisfying popcorn picture.
The film is well enough made to keep our interest, even if it never comes close to delivering on the promise of the material or the cast.
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- Marlee: I wanna go home.
- Nick Easter: Let's... let's go home.
- Rankin Fitch: Trials are too important to be left up to juries.
- Rankin Fitch: Everybody loses, just not me.
- Rankin Fitch: What do you hope to achieve if you win? You gonna bring Jacob Wood back to life? No. You just ensure that his wife goes to the cemetery in a better car, and that the heel that she snaps on the way to the graveside belongs to a $1,200 shoe. You get your name in the paper. But Jacob Wood and all the other gun violence victims remain rotting in their crypts.
- Rankin Fitch: Everybody has a secret they don't want you to find.
- Doyle: It's a set-up.
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