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The Gingerbread Man Reviews

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
February 24, 2004
An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
A pulp melodrama in denial.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Robert Altman the up-and- down director meets John Grisham the constant mediocrity. Just where, in our hypothetical picture, should we place that unlikely scene?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The performances are great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 22, 2002
Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Little more than 120 minutes of nifty storm sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Farber
January 28, 2002
The unlikely pairing of John Grisham and Robert Altman proves rewarding for both partners.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Altman has done something much better: he took what could have been a generic movie, and by investing artistry and effort, he made it into something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots, through screens, bushes and sheets of rain, and Chungwei's images, sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh, stick with you long after you've forgotten their context.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Although The Gingerbread Man is a finely-tuned example of mainstream entertainment, and holds the audience's interest for most of its running length, it is a little disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Unless one counts a few running gibes against lawyers that can easily be imagined coming from Grisham, Altman basically chooses to treat this hackneyed story straight.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
The Gingerbread Man isn't any more profound than other thrillers, but the distinctive talents of director Robert Altman make it a lot more potent.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
That it seems a step up from sensationalism is because Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity.
| Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There oughtta be a law against any more of John Grisham's tales of lust, deceit and murder involving lawyers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film becomes an Actor's Studio venture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Macdonald
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Pretty good as far as adaptations of John Grisham novels go.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Uneven, often predictable and occasionally strange.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Solid directing and an excellent cast make for a thrilling initial 90 minutes, and even when the good actors start doing stupid things, at least you can enjoy the good acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
It's Branagh that holds this film together, and he does well, and it's a taut thriller, but one that lacks the panache of an Altman film.
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