Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Reviews

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 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
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.
September 9, 2009
Any amateur magician can successfully yank the tablecloth away, but it's only impressive if there's something of value on the table.
September 8, 2009
Lang's film, the last he made in the U.S., exposed the immorality of the death penalty; Hyams's retread offers only more plot and longer, louder car chases.
September 3, 2009
Noisy and excessive where the original was hushed and restrained, and wholly devoid of mystique...