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Let Him Have It Reviews

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October 28, 2014
The last 30 minutes of the story are overwhelmingly strong, blending human drama and social history into a series of extremely moving scenes, leading to a brief coda that's as unexpected and audacious as anything seen on a movie screen in years.
October 28, 2014
Courtenay slowly works his way into the center of the movie's sympathies. When he embraces his remaining family at the moment of his son's execution, his sorrow seems boundless.
October 28, 2014
As the protagonist/victim, Eccleston gives a superb, riveting performance in his feature-film debut, as does Reynolds, another newcomer who deftly handles the role of the gun-crazy and trigger-happy Chris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2014
Let Him Have It is unabashedly weighted toward the perspective of the murderer as victim -- a notion that does not enjoy much public currency in our more violent times. But if ever there was a victim of the judicial system, it was Derek Bentley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2014
It's the kind of resonant, controlled and moving film that is all but unmakeable in America today. More's the shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2014
The script, by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, finds enough quirks in its protagonists to lift them above the issues-movie premise. Michael Kamen's atmospheric chamber score is also crucial to the film's success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2014
A chiaroscuro drama of unstoppable tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 28, 2014
Fairness isn't the issue here, dramatic depth is: You don't have to favor capital punishment to feel yourself being manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2014
Let Him Have It is strongest in the human interest department and weakest as a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2014
The sober, relatively uninspired account of a real-life crime that shook postwar London.
October 28, 2014
It does not follow that behind every great miscarriage of justice lies a great movie. Case in point: the well-intentioned but ultimately unsatisfying Let Him Have It.
October 28, 2014
This recreation seethes with quiet outrage, building, albeit slowly, to a climax that should put anyone who favours state retribution over rehabilitation to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2014
With drab-chic production, Christopher Eccleston's marvellous central performance and a pop nostalgia soundtrack, the odious miscarriage of justice comes vividly to life to scandalise anew those unfamiliar with the true facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2014
A superior docudrama about a famous 1952 English murder case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2014
It is straightforward and riveting, with an unexpected emotional power.
October 28, 2014
A stirring film which leads the viewer to empathetic resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2014
The picture never seems abstract or tendentious; it's always grounded in something real. Medak's direction is sensitive and blessedly straightforward, and he does remarkable work with the actors.
March 26, 2009
Let Him Have It takes one of the most controversial murder trials in postwar Brit history and comes up with a powerful mix of social conscience and solid entertainment.
June 24, 2006
Medak's film is an angry story told with great force by very fine actors.
November 14, 2005
Listen to Elvis Costello's song "Let Him Dangle" and see this movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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