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A Time to Kill Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Never has a 145-minute film been less thrilling and more predictable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
February 9, 2006
Justice may be blind, but rarely have courtroom dramas presumed quite so heavily on cultural myopia as this heinous version of John Grisham's first novel.
May 14, 2003
Insight into black/white relations is superficial -- disappointing when you consider that the moral of the story is supposed to be how large a role race plays in the execution of justice.
| Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A handsome but riotously cluttered melodrama with maybe 145 subplots.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 14, 2003
Nothing more than an entry in Matthew McConaughey's filmography.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
July 4, 2004
Looks aren't enough. In the lead, McConaughey isn't there.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 23, 2003
Dumbed down debate on the death penalty.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2003
This may be a case where you have to read the book to appreciate the film, but if that's true, the film hasn't done its job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Like many artists today, Grisham and Schumacher exploit racial tension without understanding it.
January 1, 2000
There is so much plot crammed into this 21/2-hour thriller that instead of an epic, ensemble tale of racism in modern America, it becomes an episodic, skim-the-surface series of melodramatic skits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seem incapable of emphasizing what's important and relegating the rest to secondary status.
June 5, 2002
There are no surprises here except for the indecipherable motivations and exacting length of two hours and twenty minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 1, 2009
Only a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman could make things worse--and lo and behold, speak of the devil and Old Scratch appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 14, 2009
What craven offal!
July 24, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
A skillfully constructed morality play that pushes all the right buttons and arrives at all the right conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Despite certain drawbacks, A Time to Kill is involving, energetic, and occasionally thought-provoking. All things considered, this film will make for a worthwhile trip to the cinema for all, not just those who have time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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