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The Firm Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 19, 2011
...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck O'Leary
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 7, 2005
Even Tom Cruise is a winner in a Pollack-Grisham collaboration.
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
March 23, 2005
Cruise at the top of his game
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2003
Is this a thriller? You've never scene a 'suspense film' drag its heels so deplorably, enlivened only by some colorful character acting.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A first-class thriller and thought-provoking morality play.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
The fact that this was a hit proves, once again, that the average IQ is only 100.
| Original Score: 1/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
It is non-threatening fun, and it is a much better crafted film than what passes for Academy Award Best Picture nomination material these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Moderately entertaining... and a big step up from the book.
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
A riveting drama, continuing to build the star of Cruise.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 19, 2002
Slick, highly enjoyable filming of a disposal best seller
| Original Score: 4/5
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