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May 5, 2018
This film seems like a good thriller book. The film is not all that bad but many decisions seems unlikely in the film. The guy comes out as quite the sucker for a lawyer. Some bits appear rather fake and rushed toward the end.
October 27, 2017
Darkly interesting. Definitely closer to 75%. I love Robert Duvall, Kenneth, Tom & Robert Downey Junior (more in his past performances than newer stuff.
February 4, 2015
The best and most underrated John Grisham film to date. It's based on an original story by Grisham.
½ December 26, 2014
The story is interesting and the acting up to an acceptable standard, but the thrills are so rare. Even the ending twist fails to surprise.
October 14, 2014
It's not really the sort of thing that Altman specialized in, but it still works beautifully.
½ February 17, 2014
I have always loved Kenneth Branagh and here he is in a moving performance of a man at first cocksure and full of himself, but ultimately someone who wants to rescue a person he thinks has been given an raw deal in life and then struggling painfully to save himself and his children. An interesting film that kept me watching.
½ February 10, 2014
Just terrible, despite the all-star talent.
August 18, 2013
Holy forgettable. Figures - it was directed by Robert Altman - a man who got tons of money to continue making one boring turkey after another - one of the most overrated directors of all time.
July 17, 2013
My Favorite Film Adaption Is 1972's The Godfather.
½ April 19, 2013
some times bad movies can be fun to watch - this one is a really bad film but still catches your attention
March 20, 2013
While not among Altman's best, this is still a well made and executed thriller, with solid performances from its talented cast, especially Downy Jr as a slimey private eye, some great night time sequences that take on a nightmarish quality set against the bayous, and tight editing and dialogue that creates lots of tension and unease throughout, especially later when the stakes are raised personally for Branagh's character.
½ February 25, 2013
A weird thriller that is more preposterous in some parts than believable. Still, I enjoyed it.
½ January 6, 2013
Lawyer sleeps with the catering help and then offers legal advice because he's a nice guy. Entire scheme is implausible and perpetrators do not appear smart enough to carry this out. Not your typical Altman film and shows that not everything John Grisham turns into box office gold.
December 16, 2012
A well acted and really well made thriller that has a good cast, an engaging plot, a good score and it has neat camerawork and visuals and I liked the setting.
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2012
Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.
November 4, 2012
Robert Altman comes slightly out of his comfort zone directing this adaption of a Grisham novel. Branagh is a hot shot attorney who gets involved with a woman whose life appears to be run by her dominating dad.
½ October 9, 2012
Though it remains famed director Robert Altman's most mainstream endeavor to date, "The Gingerbread Man" is simply an almost perfect thriller. The script, based on a John Grisham story, is aptly adapted by Al Hayes into one nail-biting piece of work. Kenneth Branagh leads the cast as the often slimy detective Rick Magruder--hardly your usual Grisham protagonist--and he's joined by array of wisely chosen supporting talent including Embeth Davidtz, Tom Berenger, Robert Downey, Jr., Daryl Hannah, and the always impressive Robert Duvall. Like most in the genre, it begins to show a few plot holes when more thoroughly inspected, but the pacing is so exact, the cast is so exceptionally picked, and whole affair is so expertly shot and compiled by Altman that one can hardly be disappointed by the final result; indeed, it is quite the opposite.
October 8, 2012
The way each and every actor chews the scenery in this's a wonder there's any scenery left. I'm going to bed. The only amusement - this is clearly prior to Robert Downey Jr.'s sobriety.
½ June 30, 2012
Ok thriller with a few good twists
½ April 7, 2012
There is so much wrong with "The Gingerbread Man" that it's no wonder Robert Altman was threatening to disown the film upon it's release. After a bitter fight with Universal over, well, the entire outcome of the film, Altman's sensibilities as a director are scarcely recognizable. Still, the film wouldn't have even been that great if Altman had complete control. The story, from John Grisham, is uninteresting and just plain bizarre. The acting is ham fisted and all those cheesy southern accents don't help, either. From the lame title, to the outlandish yet strangely pedestrian narrative, "The Gingerbread Man" is one of Altman's worst films. But then again, can you even call this a Robert Altman film?
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