The Verdict Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 15, 2013
Count me among those who think the Best Actor Oscar that Paul Newman won for "The Color of Money" was a make-up call. The groundwork was laid right here in "The Verdict," and with the equally accomplished "Absence of Malice" a year earlier.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
When a movie contains names as Paul Newman, David Mamet and Sidney Lumet, it is hard not to have high hopes. Yet The Verdict meets these aspirations, and in the process presents some of the best work by these three revered figures of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 30, 2008
Sidney Lumet directs effectively, keeping the tension strong, and unfolding David Mamet's intelligent screenplay slowly but with maximum impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
June 30, 2008
There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in The Verdict but somehow that isn't enough to make it the compelling film it should be.

June 30, 2008
Paul Newman goes into court a drunken bum and comes out a better man in this superb legal drama about a man finding redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 30, 2008
Sidney Lumet's direction, like David Mamet's patchy script, may not be quite good enough to justify the Rembrandt-like cinematography of Edward Pisoni and the brooding mood of self-importance, but it's good direction nonetheless.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2007
Not an action flick by any means, The Verdict is a slow burn from frame one to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 2, 2007
A cynical and gripping courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
October 21, 2006
David Mamet's script is a bit theatrical for courtroom drama, but it's Paul Newman's nuanced performance, and the direction of Lumet, who uses silences and pauses as eloquently as dialogue, that distinguish the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chuck O'Leary
February 16, 2006
Newman gives a brilliant performance in this powerful David and Goliath tale of a sad man's quest for redemption in the face of despair. Newman, director Lumet and the film itself all should have won an Academy Award, but sadly didn't.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the brilliance of the form.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2004
O.K. courtroom drama, electrified by great Newman performance
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 25, 2003
O roteirista David Mamet provou seu talento inquestionável já em seu segundo longa-metragem - e as magníficas atuações de Newman e Mason elevaram ainda mais seu trabalho.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 20, 2003
Overrated potboiler with preposterously innacurate courtroom scenes. But Newman is great.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 9, 2002
Those who can't get enough of television's Law and Order or The Practice should rediscover this minor classic, one of the best films of the early 80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 17, 2002
Takes a hard look at the human havoc wrought by institutional incompetence and corruption.
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
David Poland
Hot Button
August 27, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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