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Derek Malcolm
October 15, 2014
It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy.
Philip Kemp
Total Film
October 15, 2014
Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 15, 2014
While perhaps overdependent on coincidence and contrivance, this deft thriller guards its secret right to the end and proved a fitting swan song to Fritz Lang's Hollywood career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
October 15, 2014
What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
October 15, 2014
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a ludicrous story, very hard to swallow. Lang, who should have known better, must have directed this with his good eye closed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK
October 15, 2014
There's little denying that this one of Lang's lesser films, perhaps not helped by the impoverished budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 29, 2011
Says a prosecutor, during the trial: 'Beneath his intellectual and cultured exterior, he was moved by brutal impulses.' Is this also Lang's self-indictment? Or an indictment of any artist who trucks in sexual titillation and murder-as-entertainment?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 18, 2009
Strange, complexly styled crime melodrama.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 29, 2008
O último filme americano de Lang é também um de seus trabalhos menos interessantes visualmente, tornando-se ainda mais decepcionante em função do roteiro terrivelmente confuso em suas discussões morais.
| Original Score: 2/5

February 3, 2007
While overall the film is more mechanical and reliant on dialogue than Lang's German masterpiece M, it makes a perfect companion piece, sharing M's fascination with the criminal process.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2007
Once he's raised the standard social issues, Lang destroys them all with a shatteringly nihilistic conclusion.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
February 3, 2007
While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 1, 2007
Twisty courtroom drama about the dangers of capital punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
February 4, 2013
| Original Score: B
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