The Firm Reviews

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November 16, 2020
The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel to top the box office, The Firm successfully feels like a mass-market page-turner.
April 6, 2020
Tom Cruise is blessed with the amazing ensemble... and a screenplay contribution from Robert Towne, yet the result is a pat paper chase-cum-thriller that's looking constantly to break the surface.
May 15, 2018
A summer genre movie for grown-ups, The Firm helps restore faith in Hollywood professionalism.
May 15, 2018
The Firm is soft -- lumpy in its plotting and almost silly at times.
May 24, 2017
...a completely passable adaptation that never quite becomes the classic legal thriller it wants to be.
May 19, 2011
...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit.
December 18, 2010
Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes.
September 18, 2009
September 18, 2009
May 26, 2008
Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end.
May 26, 2008
The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents.
May 26, 2008
This is a professional machine of a movie that compresses huge amounts of information into its two and a half hours of screen time. But it's so weighed down by detail, it fails to generate any real suspense.
May 26, 2008
A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.
May 26, 2008
The first in a long series of unsatisfying Grisham adaptations.
March 20, 2008
April 6, 2007
July 15, 2006
This legal thriller is smartly directed and well scripted (by some of Hollywood's top writers), but, alas, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise, playing yet another variation of his screen image.
March 4, 2006
What starts out as interesting becomes increasingly hokey and silly -- Wilford Brimley is ludicrously cast as the firm's senior hit man -- where it should be intense and suspenseful.
January 26, 2006
Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.
November 7, 2005
Even Tom Cruise is a winner in a Pollack-Grisham collaboration.
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