The Accused Reviews

  • Super Reviewer
    Feb 19, 2019

    So hard to watch. Great acting.

    So hard to watch. Great acting.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

  • Oct 18, 2018

    A difficult (and still-relevant) plot with intriguing acting.

    A difficult (and still-relevant) plot with intriguing acting.

  • Oct 05, 2018

    How tragic it is that a film about the everyday neglect of sexual violence by our social institutions, about the moral necessity of listening to and believing victims, about the mundane professional and personal injustices suffered by women still feels so relevant, even so timeless, thirty years after the fact. Foster's performance is rightly celebrated for its depth and power, a mixture of fierceness in the face of toxic patriarchy and fragility in the wake of extreme sadism. It is a terrible irony that Foster-the-actress is at her strongest when the character is at her most vulnerable, during the infamous scene of the assault itself-smartly told in flashback, after it has already been verbally described by Foster herself, so that we understand it largely through her perspective, its savagery somewhat negated by our expectation. As a viewer, it feels strange to wish a movie was both less of its time and, simultaneously, less familiar today, but while the utterly 80s hairstyles, shoulder pads, and drum machine hits date the movie, far too much here is still far too relevant.

    How tragic it is that a film about the everyday neglect of sexual violence by our social institutions, about the moral necessity of listening to and believing victims, about the mundane professional and personal injustices suffered by women still feels so relevant, even so timeless, thirty years after the fact. Foster's performance is rightly celebrated for its depth and power, a mixture of fierceness in the face of toxic patriarchy and fragility in the wake of extreme sadism. It is a terrible irony that Foster-the-actress is at her strongest when the character is at her most vulnerable, during the infamous scene of the assault itself-smartly told in flashback, after it has already been verbally described by Foster herself, so that we understand it largely through her perspective, its savagery somewhat negated by our expectation. As a viewer, it feels strange to wish a movie was both less of its time and, simultaneously, less familiar today, but while the utterly 80s hairstyles, shoulder pads, and drum machine hits date the movie, far too much here is still far too relevant.

  • Aug 24, 2018

    Although very difficult to watch in its third act, The Accused is still an essential movie about rape as it's so heartbreaking, terrible and urgent in its tone. Jodie Foster absolutely shines in what is easily her very best, deservedly Oscar-winning performance. The reason why the movie is so terrific and effective, though, lies in its phenomenal structure which makes it consistently engaging, even gripping to watch and deftly edited and paced throughout. It's truly is a powerful, highly important courtroom drama.

    Although very difficult to watch in its third act, The Accused is still an essential movie about rape as it's so heartbreaking, terrible and urgent in its tone. Jodie Foster absolutely shines in what is easily her very best, deservedly Oscar-winning performance. The reason why the movie is so terrific and effective, though, lies in its phenomenal structure which makes it consistently engaging, even gripping to watch and deftly edited and paced throughout. It's truly is a powerful, highly important courtroom drama.

  • Oct 29, 2017

    The Accussed (1988) ??? / ???? Knockout drama about young woman who wants justice after being brutally raped one night at a bar. Powerful thoughtful film anchored by a brilliant performance by Jodi Foster. Very well worth seeing. Only complaint: is that reenactment scene near the end really necessary?

    The Accussed (1988) ??? / ???? Knockout drama about young woman who wants justice after being brutally raped one night at a bar. Powerful thoughtful film anchored by a brilliant performance by Jodi Foster. Very well worth seeing. Only complaint: is that reenactment scene near the end really necessary?

  • Sep 15, 2017

    its a good movie, but i still didnt like it. i prefer I spit on your grave

    its a good movie, but i still didnt like it. i prefer I spit on your grave

  • Sep 15, 2017

    Sadly this drama that centers around the harrowing rape of a woman and the subsequent court case is as relevant today as it was back in 1988 but as far as dramas that center around such a tough, hard hitting subject and being set in a courtroom go this is well above average. This is down to the fantastic lead performances of Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis, the uncompromising plot, the deeply uncomfortable rape scene which doesn't pull any punches, it is well paced, the supporting cast is solid and the script is insightful.

    Sadly this drama that centers around the harrowing rape of a woman and the subsequent court case is as relevant today as it was back in 1988 but as far as dramas that center around such a tough, hard hitting subject and being set in a courtroom go this is well above average. This is down to the fantastic lead performances of Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis, the uncompromising plot, the deeply uncomfortable rape scene which doesn't pull any punches, it is well paced, the supporting cast is solid and the script is insightful.

  • Jul 02, 2017

    Excellent. An absolute must see.

    Excellent. An absolute must see.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Mar 28, 2017

    Jodie Foster delivers the goods and how (a shotgun in your face, think young Brando's Kowalski) as a white trash waitress who is cruelly victimized and so must fight for her human dignity. Released in 1988 this one is beginning to show it's age but Foster's performance keeps everything else glued together.

    Jodie Foster delivers the goods and how (a shotgun in your face, think young Brando's Kowalski) as a white trash waitress who is cruelly victimized and so must fight for her human dignity. Released in 1988 this one is beginning to show it's age but Foster's performance keeps everything else glued together.