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Let Him Have It Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 28, 2014
The sober, relatively uninspired account of a real-life crime that shook postwar London.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 6, 2004
This movie is so slow and artless that its message isn't given much power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie functions barely above docudrama, a mediocre TV-film effort.
Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine
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.
Phillipa Bloom
Empire Magazine
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
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie's social agenda takes over; it becomes an editorial against the atrocity of capital punishment, and the personal details, the emotions, are obscured. As a result, the movie falls into two halves, and, therefore, is about half good.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Mary Makarushka
Entertainment Weekly
October 28, 2014
A chiaroscuro drama of unstoppable tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Medak's film is an angry story told with great force by very fine actors.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
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
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 28, 2014
It is straightforward and riveting, with an unexpected emotional power.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
In his reconstruction of the trial, Medak is unforgiving, showing a legal system less concerned with justice than with proving itself correct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
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
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 14, 2005
Listen to Elvis Costello's song "Let Him Dangle" and see this movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
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
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