Anatomy of a Murder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Anatomy of a Murder Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
November 6, 2013
This is probably the greatest courtroom drama ever made and it features James Stewart's finest screen performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2005
The screenplay, from a novel by John D. Voelker, drips with the smoke-drenched taste of 1940s noir, stinging the eyes and lungs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
October 12, 2002
It's almost Jimmy in a Hitchcock film, but it's not
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 23, 2012
As courtroom thrillers go, it has few peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
June 8, 2012
(Stewart's character) finishes the film an enigma, possibly the good go-getter of Capra but too much of a shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
As an entertaining look at legal process, this is spellbinding all the way, infused by an ambiguity about human personality and motivation that is Preminger's trademark, and the location shooting is superb.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Preminger takes a while to set up the story, but his pacing and style are perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
October 23, 2007
Preminger purposely creates situations that flicker with uncertainty, that may be evaluated in different ways. Motives are mixed and dubious, and, therefore, sustain interest.
Christopher Null
June 5, 2004
All the principals are fantastic, with the possible exception of Remick, who just doesn't fit the part nearly well enough. Duke Ellington's score is a classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
March 9, 2012
Even with the glut of crime-related TV dramas that pepper today's screens, you'd be hard pressed to find a courtroom story that doesn't have you rooting one way or the other with a heavy-handed POV. This one doesn't it's way ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
Packed with astonishing dialog and bristly performances, this is essential cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 22, 2006
Otto at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
One of Stewart's best performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
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