Witness Reviews

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April 6, 2020
... striking thriller.
March 24, 2020
The film allows us, in the company of Book, to take a sort of holiday from our normal concerns, to visit other values en touriste , drawing the strengths from a strange and alien tradition without really immersing ourselves in it.
April 12, 2019
A pretty good crime thriller.
January 4, 2018
What saves "Witness" is its cast, and Weir's artistry in orchestrating and modulating their performances.
October 17, 2015
Peter Weir's exceptionally fine Witness finds Harrison Ford earning his first (and, so far, only) Best Actor Oscar nomination.
July 2, 2013
Taut drama has just a few moments of intense violence.
January 14, 2013
Weir, an Australian filming in this country for the first time, has succumbed to blandness.
January 14, 2013
A moderately effective, highly affected thriller.
July 6, 2010
Witness warms up as the attraction builds between Ford, McGillis and Haas -- all performing excellently through this portion.
February 5, 2009
Harrison Ford renders one of his best dramatic performances, for which he won his sole Oscar nomination, in Peter Weir's beautifully shot feature, which is effective as a cop thriller as well as a chronicle of the rural Amish subculture.
June 10, 2008
Playing John Book allowed viewers the opportunity to see Ford the actor instead of Ford the action/adventure icon. It is one of the few times he has been given the opportunity to play in a straight drama.
December 4, 2007
A lot of care and attention has gone into both the Oscar-winning screenplay and the beautiful cinematography, to create a powerful and romantic story.
November 30, 2007
My favourite Peter Weir film, Witness is something special...Three years after Blade Runner, Harrison Ford is at his best, while Kelly McGillis in her second film role, exudes a Grace Kelly-like serenity.
November 29, 2007
A back-of-beyond thriller from Weir, who turns his sharp eye incisively on America's cosy heartland.
November 29, 2007
Ford is on top of his form, underplaying his role throughout and never mugging it up for the cameras.
November 28, 2007
...a refreshingly adult story.
October 20, 2007
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Powerful, assured, full of beautiful imagery and thankfully devoid of easy moralising, it also offers a performance of surprising skill and sensitivity from Ford.
November 17, 2005
Fish-out-of-water stories were very popular for a while in the 1980s, but none had the classical resonance of this powerful Oscar-nominated drama.
August 20, 2005
Humanizes the conflict of peace versus the arguable necessity of violence.
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