A Time to Kill - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Time to Kill Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Never has a 145-minute film been less thrilling and more predictable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A handsome but riotously cluttered melodrama with maybe 145 subplots.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dragan Antulov
February 14, 2003
Nothing more than an entry in Matthew McConaughey's filmography.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 4, 2004
Looks aren't enough. In the lead, McConaughey isn't there.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 23, 2003
Dumbed down debate on the death penalty.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
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Anthony Puccinelli
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Like many artists today, Grisham and Schumacher exploit racial tension without understanding it.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seem incapable of emphasizing what's important and relegating the rest to secondary status.
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
June 14, 2009
What craven offal!
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Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
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
Michael Szymanski
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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