Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Hackneyed and over dramatic, this undercooked courtroom drama suffers from bad dialogue and a twist ending you'll see from a distance.

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High profile lawyer, Mark Hunter has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney's perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat-and-mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J. but unaware of his assignment, assistant D.A. Ella Crystal becomes caught between her boss's political ambitions and C.J's dangerous exposé. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella's own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J's innocence and Hunter's reputation in her hands.
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PG-13 (for a sex scene, violence and brief strong language)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Michael Douglas
as Mark Hunter
Orlando Jones
as Bill Nickerson
Jesse Metcalfe
as C.J. Nicholas
Amber Tamblyn
as Ella Crystal
Joel David Moore
as Corey Finley
Illana Diamant
as Mrs. Hunter
David Born
as Property Sergeant
Sewell Whitney
as Martin Weldon
Ryan Glorioso
as Animal Shelter Attendant
John McConnell
as Vernon Green
Grant James
as Aaron Wakefield
Edrick Browne
as Manager
Dan Harville
as Deputy
Megan Brown
as Roberta
Derek Johnson
as Reporter #4
Randal Reeder
as Survivalist Man
Lawrence P. Beron
as Lieutenant Merchant
Meade Patton
as Detective Reddick
Wallace Merck
as Gilbert Romans
Tony Bentley
as Roger Milner
Sigal Diamant
as Maralyn
Michael P. Flannigan
as Reporter #1
Jeff Ferrell
as Reporter #2
Sharon London
as Judge Sheppard
Dave Jensen
as Gary Spota
Fred Ellis
as Forensics Expert
Robin McGee
as Soundman
Kelvin Payton
as Cameraman
Eric Gipson
as Allen
Krystal Kofie
as Taieesha
Jon McCarthy
as Detective Rawley
Gerry May
as Anchorman
Carl Savering
as Bailiff
Michele Williams
as Danielle
Michelle White Lafitte
as Kelly Gertner
Robert Larriviere
as Kevin Tarlow
Juli Erickerson
as Madalyn Urlanger
Ron Flagg
as Property Clerk
Darcel Moreno
as Reporter #3
Sarah Kearney
as Anchorwoman
John "Spud" McConnell
as Vernon Green
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Critic Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

A good rule to follow for wannabe gritty thrillers: Lead actors shouldn't remind you of late-night informercial pitchmen.

Full Review… | September 14, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There's little in this pointless rehash to distract audiences from the pleasure of watching Tamblyn, a fine young actress whose direct, grownup stare belies her baby features.

Full Review… | September 14, 2009
NPR
Top Critic

What you won't be able to figure out is why this laughable yarn didn't go straight to DVD.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

The leads can't lend either spunk or gravitas to what was already a preposterous yarn 50 years ago.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There are plenty of reasonable doubts about his mediocre legal thriller remake.

September 11, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

I've got no problem with movies that stack up twists like crazy straws. Hyam's script, however, depends on us being dumber than every character in the film-you'd have to reach protozoan levels just to resist wanting to strangle everyone in it.

September 11, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

½

This modern remake of Fritz Lang's last American thriller is undeniably flawed - especially when you stop to think how preposterous it all really is -, but still it manages to be entertaining and tense sometimes, with a welcome twist in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Brilliant narrative despite the few plot holes. Enjoyable to watch.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Not as bad as I heard it would be. And nobody plays a villain better than Michael Douglas. Gaps? Yes. A little far fetched? Yes. If for nothing else, see this for Michael Douglas.

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