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A Time to Kill Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2009
A likable -- maybe even lovable -- movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 8, 2008
Although it has its share of implausibilities, A Time To Kill is generally the most satisfying of the John Grisham screen adaptations to date.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If the film doesn't add up to a cogent legal argument, neither does it have trouble delivering 2 hours and 20 minutes' worth of sturdy, highly charged drama.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Untrained as an actor, with only three minor roles to his credit, McConaughey holds the screen against Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey, and completely justifies the buzz surrounding his role...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 6, 2001
McConaughey, 26, is dynamite in a performance of smarts, sexiness, scrappy humor and unmistakable star sizzle.
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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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Anthony Puccinelli
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Like many artists today, Grisham and Schumacher exploit racial tension without understanding it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/4
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Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: C