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October 2, 2016
Already, Guilty as Sin is part of a tradition of cinema that can feel free of the corruption of reality, opposing it and doing so coolly. The premise is traditional, and the filmmaking is to represent ideology - the ideology of evolution.
However, what makes Guilty as Sin extra special is its specific layer of eeriness. The world of the film is pretty, where everything looks elegant, and even alien (the courtroom in particular denotes this reality); the profession of law is not what it is relative to reality, but, it's purpose is to promote art's identity of conflation. The visual style of Guilty as Sin is exotic, to the degree that despite an already intriguing and sinister plot synopsis, the viewer should experience this 1993 thriller with dread, and anticipation.

As a one time viewer, it amazes me how much I remember the film. De Mornay is her career-defining role with this film, and her co-star Don Johnson is so convincing as the part of the dubious and wicked client that it was hard for me to imagine Johnson playing any other part.
Numerous times, the script of Guilty as Sin shows weird things - even relative to its genre - and it works to the effect of being genuinely confusing. It isn't that the characters behave in strange ways, but more that the overall reality is alien, and the characters within it are like a trapped normality.

Guilty as Sin works. It represents the crime drama, and legal thriller well. I would even say that Guilty as Sin is a superior kind of art to Blade Runner, or to something like Pulp Fiction or Titanic: none of those three films have the instinctive power of Guilty as Sin, and its level of suggestive intellect.

Most importantly, Guilty as Sin is why art and cinema exists. It is bizarre and rationality conflated, yet done so with a style that doesn't offend or irritate or just senselessly confuse the viewer. Like I said, the world of Guilty as Sin is demonic and alien, showing its characters occupying weird-looking environments, but the nature of the story rationalises this strange surface-reality. The events of the story itself are also strange at times, but it works because of the foundation of purpose: Guilty as Sin is a popcorn film, intelligently equipped with intellect.

If I reflect on films like this year's Love and Friendship, or 2004's Crash, or a drama series like Downton Abbey, Guilty as Sin becomes all the more powerful, because of my knowledge that the root purpose of Guilty as Sin is to inspire its audience using reality, but not reflecting reality.

Rebecca De Mornay is the symbol of reality's evolution, in this film.
½ June 22, 2016
The only movie I've ever walked out of.
½ October 15, 2014
Director Sidney Lumet has made a lot of great films over his esteemed career. and while "Guilty as Sin" will never be mistaken for any of them, it is a very entertaining and yet highly improbable thriller. He's a talented filmmaker, and he sells the story. Because of that, it hooks you and you buy into it despite your reservations.

Larry Cohen will probably never win an Oscar as a screenwriter, but you have to give this guy credit where it's due; he spins an entertaining yarn and that is definitely the case here. The casting is good as well. Rebecca DeMornay and Don Johnson are both impossibly good-looking here, but you believe them in their respective roles. These are fun characters, and it's very enjoyable but sometimes silly watching them play their cat and mouse game. Johnson is especially good in a wonderful, scenery-chweing performance that gives him the rare chance to play the bad guy. He's a lot of fun, and Cohen gives him some juicy lines of dialogue.

It's a rare twist in a courtroom thriller where the defendant's guilt or innocence is black and white right from the start. The ending, however, is a little too abrupt and wraps things up a little too neatly for my tastes, and the resolution seems disappointingly routine to me. The audience that has stuck with this audacious thriller for that long deserves a better conclusion. Clearly, seasoned filmmaker Lumet made "Guilty as Sin" as a lark, and when it works, it does so because of his skill and some fun casting. It's silly, but quite a bit as fun as well.
½ February 2, 2014
I liked this more than I expected to, though it was in spite of the empty block of wood Nash Bridges. I longed for someone with charisma in the role, like Alec Baldwin (considering he did Glengarry Glen Ross the year before). Cohen's script is tight and angry (he clearly hates attractive, arrogant men) and, although the ending itself is bizarrely abrupt, I appreciated Lumet's refusal to turn it into a dumb action movie in the third act, which these wordy thrillers often tend to do.
½ June 9, 2013
Guilty as Sin is a decent film. It is about a female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another. Don Johnson and Rebecca De Mornay give good performances. The script is enjoyable but a little slow in places. Sidney Lumet did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
½ April 11, 2012
Slow but suspenseful
June 9, 2011
"L'avocat du diable"
May 21, 2011
Tenso y bien dirigido suspenso, que logra mantener interesados a todos. Rebecca DeMornay, como siempre, bella.
March 5, 2011
I find this film interesting and good. Though I would still suspect that no one will ever handle women that well...
December 12, 2010
Rebecca De Mornay and Don Johnson
½ September 25, 2010
Decent Thriller starring Don Johnson in a enjoyable role. Sidney Lumet manages to direct this with grave suspense. especially towards the climax.
June 22, 2010
Favorite Scene: History Lesson
½ June 22, 2010
Very slick performance from Don Johnson, he gives depth to the character through the ?superficialness? he has the character display. Everything Greenhill does seems practiced to perfection ? as well groomed as he is.
June 20, 2010
I liked this better than I probably should have, I am partial to courtroom dramas, perhaps also it was Sidney Lumet?s direction. Don Johnson is quite good and well cast. Rebecca DeMornay is fair, she does the job but doesn?t stand out. I did find it suspenseful and I never lost interest. It had the expected twists,and it did go a little too far with the story. Otherwise, good story.
June 20, 2010
62/100. I liked this better than I probably should have, I am partial to courtroom dramas, perhaps also it was Sidney Lumet's direction. Don Johnson is quite good and well cast. Rebecca DeMornay is fair, she does the job but doesn't stand out. I did find it suspenseful and I never lost interest. It had the expected twists,and it did go a little too far with the story. Otherwise, good story.
½ June 3, 2010
Vähän jotenkin tönkkö vaikka idea on ihan hyvä ja Jack Warden mahtava.
November 6, 2009
Absolutely hilarious. Terrible plot and terrible perfomances. It kinda reminded me of jagged edge but far more ridiculious. Don Johnson is hysterical as the womanising psychopath and Rebecca De Mornay is shocking as the high powered lawyer. Thriller my arse, comedic spoof more like. Ah we watched we laughed.
October 7, 2009
** (out of four)

Courtroom thriller from director Sidney Lumet could have used a bit more accomplished of a cast. There is really nothing new or fresh and it is very predictable.
November 28, 2008
middle aged drama starring 2 poorly trained actors. complete 'guilty' pleasure
September 4, 2008
A great suspense movie.
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