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A Few Good Men Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2014
By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2014
A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
April 30, 2014
The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 30, 2014
The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2014
The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2014
As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 30, 2014
The film's entire cast and crew prove up to the task, and there's something both comfortably old-fashioned and blazingly contemporary about Aaron Sorkin's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 30, 2014
I'm usually a sucker for courtroom dramas, but Rob Reiner's highly mechanical 1992 feature... kept putting me to sleep.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Directed by Rob Reiner, from Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of his hit Broadway play, A Few Good Men is a thrillingly effective crowd pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2008
An extraordinarily well-made movie, which wastes no words or images in telling a conventional but compelling story.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
The same histrionic fireworks that gripped theater audiences will prove even more compelling to filmgoers due to the star power and dramatic screw-tightening.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The intellectual cut-and-thrust of the courtroom is largely absent here, and the denouement seems slick, arbitrary, and derived from the Captain Queeg catalogue.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The screenplay is a good one, directed with care and acted, for the most part, with terrific conviction.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner (Misery), who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Men is full of loaded, manly moments, great clashes of will and excellent buzz cuts.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A Few Good Men is one of those movies that tells you what it's going to do, does it, and then tells you what it did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a grand undertaking that wrangles with the heavy questions that cropped up at Nuremberg and My Lai, questions that deserve and get lots of imposing shots of monuments and not a little swashbuckling from the big stars.