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High Crimes Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Comes off more like a misdemeanor, a flat, unconvincing drama that never catches fire.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cliff midway through.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 14, 2002
Carl Franklin directs smoothly, but except for Freeman, the theatrics are pretty pro forma.
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Nick Rutigliano
Village Voice
April 9, 2002
Judd ... eyebrow-cocks her way through Carl Franklin's witless High Crimes.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2002
In a movie like this, if you're not surprised, if you know what's going to happen and you can figure out everything then it ultimately falls flat and that's why it doesn't work for me.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2002
Stale and clichéd to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 5, 2002
The fare is all on the standard menu, but it goes down well just the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 5, 2002
Isn't worth the crayons it took to write the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 5, 2002
There ought to be a law against what they do to Morgan Freeman in High Crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 5, 2002
High Crimes is hardly high art, but thanks to Freeman, it'll do until something better comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2002
High Crimes has some faults, but it manages to keep its audience either angry or jumpy from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 5, 2002
Claire is a terrific role for someone like Judd, who really ought to be playing villains.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 5, 2002
Ludicrous, but director Carl Franklin adds enough flourishes and freak-outs to make it entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2002
High Crimes steals so freely from other movies and combines enough disparate types of films that it can't help but engage an audience.
| Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
For all its surface frenzy, High Crimes should be charged with loitering -- so much on view, so little to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 5, 2002
Complex, lucid and exciting, High Crimes strikes a near-perfect balance between plot and character.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 5, 2002
High Crimes badly misses the demeanor of what it pretends to be -- a tense courtroom drama about military corruption, a la A Few Good Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
April 5, 2002
High Crimes, an often pedestrian courtroom drama reteaming Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, is like a symphony played on cell phones.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 5, 2002
Ludicrous, but director Carl Franklin adds enough flourishes and freak-outs to make it entertaining.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 5, 2002
More good than great but Freeman and Judd make it work.
| Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 5, 2002
High Crimes is a cinematic misdemeanor, a routine crime thriller remarkable only for its lack of logic and misuse of two fine actors, Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2002
Uniformly dunderheaded.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 5, 2002
Judd's characters ought to pick up the durable best seller Smart Women, Foolish Choices for advice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2002
High Crimes works to keep us involved and make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 5, 2002
Feels like the product of a computer program that's assembled every cliche and stereotype of court-martial thrillers.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 4, 2002
Thriller High Crimes is guilty of grossly misusing acting talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 4, 2002
The most grievous offense in the tiresome thriller High Crimes is the amount of talent squandered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
April 4, 2002
Apart from Blade II, High Crimes is probably the most entertaining commercial movie so far this year. And yet it's junk.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2002
High Crimes fits comfortably into the conventions of the genre, but Franklin seems happy to be working with them, not against them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 4, 2002
The problem -- a small one, apparently, in the view of the screenwriters, Yuri Zeltser and Cary Bickley, who adapted Joseph Finder's novel -- is that the twist renders everything that came before completely nonsensical.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 4, 2002
The problem with High Crimes, acceptable though it is, is that it's not close to anyone's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
The military courtroom drama High Crimes has a charismatic cast, a slick look and, judging from his track record, a gifted director -- everything but a subtle, well-crafted script.
| Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 4, 2002
Though glossy and formulaic, High Crimes ... proves highly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 4, 2002
High Crimes carries almost no organic intrigue as a government/ Marine/legal mystery, and that's because the movie serves up all of that stuff, nearly subliminally, as the old-hat province of male intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: C