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The Client Reviews

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February 27, 2017
Susan Sarandon's remarkable performance elevates an ordinary legal thriller.
November 5, 2016
Packed with humor and a bit ludicrousness, I guess.
May 21, 2016
Doesn't hold up well. How can this have such a high rating here on Rotten Tomatoes? The only thing interesting about this movie was watching a young Marie-Louise Parker (later famous for Weeds) attempt a Southern accent. Has a very made-for-TV movie feel. I wonder if Tommy Lee Jones is embarrassed about this one. The movie opens well with a bang but quickly becomes a chore to watch to the end.
½ April 26, 2016
Pretty exciting thriller with excellent duo of Sarandon and "the child".
½ April 23, 2016
It's hard to watch Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon's talent go to waste in this slow paced courtroom drama based on John Grisham's novel with the same name. Brad Renfro is barely tolerable as irritatingly obnoxious and loud mouthed Mark Sway, whose Southern drawl, precocious ear piercing, and cliche band t-shirt are almost as annoying as his constant, prepubescent whining, although if Mary-Louise Parker's stereotypical trailer park character raised him, it all makes sense. I'm convinced that this is all the fault of Joel Schumacher; cliche roles and corny acting are detectable in his films, regardless of the talent. The Client feels like a movie made for TNT after WCW's Monday Night Nitro. 4/9/16
April 22, 2016
5/5 for this kind, thriller!
½ March 30, 2016
With a plenty of chills to keep you drawn in, John Grisham's The Client is a brilliant psychological thriller that is one of the best book-to-film adaptations and highlights terrific performances by Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones and a great debut performance by Brad Renfro.
January 20, 2016
An excellent Susan Sarandon film. A must watch for any fan of this phenominal actress! (warning, the atire of the gangsters is very dated)
½ December 19, 2015
The Client was during the Tommy Lee Jones trilogy of FBI catching. 3 different films between this, The Fugitive and US Marshalls, but all three basically have the same concept. So there isn't much to explain about this one. If you liked those two, you'll like this. The Fugitive is still the best of the 3. Followed by US Marshalls, then this. When I read that TLJ was in this, I wasn't surprised, and was already slowly making comparisons to the other films throughout the film. The film is slightly unique in its plot outside of its relation to the other two and it's a lot of fun to watch, with a bit of comedic humour.
November 1, 2015
The Client is an excellent film. It is about a young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him. Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones give fantastic performances. The screenplay is well written. Joel Schumacher did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. The Client is a must see.
April 19, 2015
Not as deep as you'd like but a one time,don't ask to many questions about thriller.
½ February 12, 2015
A pretty good thriller with the law aspect within.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2015
The Sway brothers come from a single parent home, one that is so poor, that they have to be left unsupervised. Often times, they go exploring in the woods behind their trailer, but on this particular day, they run into another person, a man intent on killing himself. When young Mark (Brad Renfro) interferes, the man takes him prisoner and before taking his own life, he opens up to the boy about some things he never should have told anyone. Mark calls the police and ultimately lies to them, the way any kid would, but they know it and when the FBI comes into the investigation, the smart twelve year old decides it's time for him to go out and find a lawyer. It took me a long time to watch this film because as a fan of John Grisham, I prefer to read his books before I see his films. As is the case in the Client, a lot of those films are directed by Joel Shumacher, who remains true to the story and produces a tremendous movie. After a nationwide search, Brad Renfro was selected to star in the first role of his brief, but brilliant career. Renfro unfortunately died of a drug overdose fourteen years later, but was well on his way to becoming a superstar. Even in his very first performance, you could see that this kid had what it takes to star in a film like this and really held his own with the all-star cast. Here he's paired with Susan Sarandon, who despite her reputation is often times someone I find unimpressive. She can be fantastic, but rarely seems to fit the roles she's cast in, but not here. As Mark's lawyer, Reggie Love, Sarandon portrays one of her most interesting characters to date and gives a flawless performance. The Client is a story written by one of America's favorite novelists, and what makes Grisham's stories so good is the fact that he is a lawyer, so everything is accurate as well as exciting. Together with a terrific cast, the Client had all the action, twists, and turns a fantastic court room drama should have. This story may have been a little more out there than some of Grisham's other films, nevertheless it is still a film that will hold your interest and keep you on the edge of your seat.
November 14, 2014
This is one of my favorite movies. Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon work wonderfully with (the late) Brad Renfroe's flawless performance. If you are a 90s John Grissham book fan, you will probably enjoy this movie, too.
October 7, 2014
Kinda frustrating to watch when the whole thing could've been avoided if the damn kid just told the cops what he heard from the get-go. But

This flick is entertaining enough but oh so painfully dated. Anthony LaPaglia's wardrobe is just unspeakable.
September 20, 2014
"The Client" may cause Cardiovascular disease and the viewer may, indeed, need a prescription filed for Lipitor when the end credits begin. To be short: the script could've been written by a pre-teen, the dialogue is awkward, the narrative is too familiar, every scene involving the mafia is a ruse and never rises above caricature, and that medallion that's just so damn important to Mrs. Sarandon's character that one can't help but remember reading of in every and any intro to screenwriting book, and then there's Joel Schumacher's interoperation of aforementioned script that includes too many melodramatic pull-ins and a tone deafness. Nevertheless, Tommy Lee Jones is enough of a joy to make this a somewhat tolerable late night/early morning watch.
August 20, 2014
Sterling performances, directed by Joel Schumacher based on a John Grisham bestseller. What's not to love?
½ August 3, 2014
(First and only viewing - 2/24/2012)
August 2, 2014
"The Client" is entertaining and watchable for everyone despite of its suspense and thriller category, that because a charm and enjoyable performances from whole casts.
July 2, 2014
Wow, what an amazing film!

Suspenseful, intriguing, has you on your toes right from the beginning. The fast pace ensures that that viewer is still interested, the plot twists, the attitude, wow!

It's hard to believe that this was Brad Renfro's first movie role. He played a a very angry child with some serious issues, and did it well, very convincing.

Overall, I was impressed
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