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Witness Reviews

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October 17, 2015
Peter Weir's exceptionally fine Witness finds Harrison Ford earning his first (and, so far, only) Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 2, 2013
Taut drama has just a few moments of intense violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 29, 2007
Ford is on top of his form, underplaying his role throughout and never mugging it up for the cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 28, 2007
...a refreshingly adult story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2005
It's got some action, some romance, a few drips of comedy, and a lot of fascinating insight into a culture we know very little about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 14, 2005
takes a high concept idea and turns it into a character study more suspenseful and more rewarding than the anticipated norm
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2005
A compelling thriller, a smoldering love story, a thoughtful study in comparative cultures, and a respectful exploration of religious community and nonviolence.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 23, 2004
Harrison Ford has never given a better performance in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
A dynamic, thoughtful thriller that balances its themes extraordinarily well.
| Original Score: 5/5
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