Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Reviews

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July 2, 2011
January 7, 2010
Hyams takes a perfectly good story and kills it with logic loopholes, inconsistent character behavior, horrendous, headache-inducing cutting, and a number of brainless chase scenes.
December 23, 2009
grows more preposterous as it unfolds
December 14, 2009
While the original is perhaps not a faultless classic, it certainly offers more excitement and competence than the star of John Tucker Must Die and the director of A Sound of Thunder can offer.
October 8, 2009
The result is at times genuinely suspenseful ... and if the final twist doesn't drive you crazy, the cleverness may win you over.
October 2, 2009
Comes across as more 1980s TV movie than 1950s period piece.
September 14, 2009
A good rule to follow for wannabe gritty thrillers: Lead actors shouldn't remind you of late-night informercial pitchmen.
Top Critic
September 14, 2009
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
There's fun to be had in a rickety Coney Island rollercoaster manner, and it's not terrible late at night on the couch with a bag of warm popcorn, though it is just too silly and slight for all its bluster.
September 12, 2009
Preposterous, asinine, poorly edited and downright silly with more unintentional humor than your average courtroom thriller.
September 11, 2009
What you won't be able to figure out is why this laughable yarn didn't go straight to DVD.
September 11, 2009
The leads can't lend either spunk or gravitas to what was already a preposterous yarn 50 years ago.
September 11, 2009
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
Despite excellent stunt work and a too-brief appearance by Orlando Jones as an unflappable cop, the movie -- unlike Mr. Douglas's hairdo -- never rises above mediocrity.
September 11, 2009
An undercooked crime flick whose real mystery is why it was made.
September 11, 2009
What I can't figure out is how director Peter Hyams can remake a 1956 movie from the great Fritz Lang and not learn anything about suspense, pacing and storytelling in the process.
September 10, 2009
Like its title, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a generic, forgettable courtroom thriller.
September 9, 2009
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt feels like some throwaway 1980s TV movie, with its implausible premise, dizzying twists, cheesy montages and melodramatic score.
September 9, 2009
Douglas makes smarm a chewy pleasure, but this is a noir in search of a hero we can root for because we actually buy what he's doing.
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