Critic Consensus: A wonderfully entertaining thriller within an unusual setting, with Harrison Ford delivering a surprisingly emotive and sympathetic performance.
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Critic Reviews for Witness
What saves "Witness" is its cast, and Weir's artistry in orchestrating and modulating their performances.
Weir, an Australian filming in this country for the first time, has succumbed to blandness.
Witness warms up as the attraction builds between Ford, McGillis and Haas -- all performing excellently through this portion.
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.
Audience Reviews for Witness
Even if it feels like the plot drags for too long in an effort to build a bucolic romance in its second act, this is a engaging thriller that offers a very respectful look at a secluded community, with a suspenseful climax and Harrison Ford in one of his finest performances.
I am sure that it impressed when it was released, however today Witness feels very dated, slow, and a bit underwhelming. Nonetheless, one can appreciate the film for its unique storyline, even if the quality of the film doesn't do it justice. I was expecting more. Harrison Ford does impress, as he always does, but no real surprises here.
While the script eventually steamrolls over the finer details of a very different culture, "Witness" is nonetheless a very unique 80s thriller that succeeds thanks to Harrison Ford's charming performance and some resonant thematic moments about how people deal with the similarities and differences between cultures.
|Eli Lapp:||Just squeeze the teats. I don't think you've ever squeezed a teat before.|
|John Book:||Never one that big.|
|Eli Lapp:||Ha! Ha! Ha!|
|Rachel:||We're all very happy that your going to live, John Book. We didn't know what we were going to do with you if you died.|
|Moses Hochleitner:||No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.|