A liberal Western, of sorts. The latest liberal vigilante justice fantasy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film has its share of high points, but the flaws are frustratingly obvious and impossible to overlook.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
More like runaway audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
How can we choose a hero to cheer for when we don't know who the potential heroes are or what they want? The film ... is full of intrigue and all, but has nothing to back it up.
| Original Score: C+
Its aspirations to something higher only compound its final, terminal mediocrity.
| Original Score: C-
A tepid legal thriller . . . madly edited, with serviceable performances and dialogue that's snappy without being biting. . . . evades answering the moral questions it poses.
An awkward hybrid of courtroom drama and heist thriller that spends a great deal of time on running around and shouting, but precious little on amplifying the important issues it raises.
| Original Score: 2/5
A blandly offensive object that squanders a great cast on his usual blend of topical commentary, vague stabs at moral ambiguity and the kind of plot twists that will pleasantly surprise the slower members of the audience.
Did I see a different film? The snafu preventing true greatness for the film - even with these gigantic talents as its characters - is the film's need to preach...
Credulity is stretched to the breaking point here...
It is watchable despite being devoid of meaning.
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.
It's proof, if any is needed, that Grisham knows more about bestsellerdom than he does about law.
Runaway Jury -- the latest Grisham potboiler made into a film -- is a prima facie case in rerun peddling, hardly distinguishable from the author's other novels.
| Original Score: 3/5
Watching a movie this impersonal play out for 127 minutes is like being sequestered in a dingy motel without a six-pack.
A standard, industrial-strength, ensemble courtroom drama that offers nothing special beyond a set moral stance on a hot topic, which is nice but hardly enough to fuel an entire movie.
Runaway Jury doesn't have the guts for a real debate. Too bad. It robs the film of something essential: a point.
| Original Score: 2/4
...it's quite telling that the most engaging element of the flick vacates in the first five minutes.
The film's action is limited to repeatedly ransacking Cusack's apartment, and the plot is rife with Big-Brother-is-watching paranoia.
| Original Score: D
Normally, I subscribe to the theory that Hoffman and Hackman - and Cusack, too - elevate any movie they grace and are worth following anywhere. In this case, I declare a mistrial.
| Original Score: 1.5/4