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Criminal Law (1989)




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In this crime-thriller a defense attorney in Boston (Gary Oldman) finds that success has its price when one of the defendants he got acquitted (Kevin Bacon) resumes the killing spree he had started before being accused. Directed by Martin Campbell.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Gary Oldman
as Ben Chase
Kevin Bacon
as Martin Thiel
Karen Young
as Ellen Faulkner
Joe Don Baker
as Det. Mesel
Tess Harper
as Detective Stillwell
Ron Lea
as Gary Hull
Karen Woolridge
as Claudia Curwen
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Dr. Sybil Thiel
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Prof. Clemens
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Critic Reviews for Criminal Law

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

The pretentious psychological thriller has nothing worth saying about the American criminal justice system.

Full Review… | November 17, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Oldman's good, and Bacon's bad? Yeah, you know you want to see that

September 17, 2002

Worth seeing for for the leading-man role reversal ... plus it's always great to see Bacon play a bastard.

July 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for Criminal Law


There is something profoundly wrong with having Oldman as the good guy but this thriller is carried by him and Bacon(almost as profound as the bad guy).

bill secor
bill secor

I was expecting alot more for a film that featured both Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. They both did a great job in their roles - Gary as a defense atty. who manages to get his client (Bacon) acquitted of murder; and then finds out his client is guilty. Bacon is great at doing creepy. I just thought the story was long and tedious in some places and quite predictable.

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

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Gary Oldman as a good guy!

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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