Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 2009

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

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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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District Attorney Mark Hunter (Michael Douglas) has an impressive record in securing convictions and is contemplating a run for governor. Local reporter C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) is suspicious, however, and starts investigating Hunter's caseload with the help of Assistant D.A. Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn). Nicholas decides to frame himself for an unsolved murder to expose Hunter's unscrupulous tactics. But things spin out of his control, and he ends up facing the death penalty.

Cast & Crew

Jesse Metcalfe
C.J. Nicholas
Amber Tamblyn
Ella Crystal
Orlando Jones
Det. Nickerson
Lawrence Beron
Lt. Merchant
Sewell Whitney
Martin Weldon
David Jensen
Gary Spota
Sharon London
Judge Sheppard
Peter Hyams
Screenwriter
David Shire
Original Music
Peter Hyams
Cinematographer
Jeff Gullo
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Critic Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (26)

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

    September 14, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 14, 2009 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

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

    September 11, 2009 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The leads can't lend either spunk or gravitas to what was already a preposterous yarn 50 years ago.

    September 11, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are plenty of reasonable doubts about his mediocre legal thriller remake.

    September 11, 2009
  • 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 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

  • Sep 13, 2011
    Brilliant narrative despite the few plot holes. Enjoyable to watch.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    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.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    based on a classic fritz lang film, of the same name, this is a little more entertaining than it should be. it looks quite tv movie of the week, and performances arnt much above that, even michael douglas is homing it in, but it runs along smoothly and certainly being based on a film from trhe 50s you can see some of it in its tone, one interesting note is the music which comes off hitchcock at times and helps it along at times, a remake thats neither brilliant or bad, just oedinary
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2010
    The film was so so. The pacing was off. It kind of reminded me of films like The Pelican Brief, Sliver, and A Perfect Murder. Even though Amber Tamblyn and Jesse Metcalfe were ok in their roles, other actors in those roles could have done a much better job. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page could have played those roles much better. Douglas does his best, given what he has to work with. Orlando Jones steals every scene that he is in.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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