Murder in the First - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder in the First Reviews

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January 2, 2011
Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2005
A must see for Kevin Bacon's performance, especially in the early scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2005
It is Bacon's absolutely powerhouse performance that helps make 'Murder' one of the classic prison pictures of all time. (published 1-27-95)
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
December 23, 2004
Average thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2004
O roteiro maniqueísta e a direção pesada, nada sutil, de Rocco comprometem irremediavelmente o filme - que ainda conta com a atuação nada convincente de Slater.
| Original Score: 1/5
May 29, 2003
An arbitrary by-the-numbers courtroom/crime yarn that sometimes shifts between being too preachy and pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/5
July 26, 2002
Standard courtroom thriller with two fantastic performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2002
The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.
May 12, 2001
More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.
February 13, 2001
Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Regardless of how this version raises the hackles of Alcatraz aficionados, Marc Rocco's movie is a solid and affecting example of film making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
It's a struggle for Bacon -- and I'm not doubting the facts of the matter -- because the part is so clearly designed to knock us out; but Bacon is honest, in touch with Young's sources or lack of them.
January 1, 2000
Slater, who in certain shots looks curiously like Kevin Costner, is an actor with talent, but he is too young for this role, and not confident enough to dial down a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A reasonably exhilarating hybrid of prison movie and courtroom drama.
January 1, 2000
Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.
January 1, 2000
Explores the human condition with a rare passion.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Attempts to masquerade as a historical drama, but twists the facts to have them fit the traditional Hollywood courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Unsalvageable and inadvertently silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
As a thriller, Murder in the First has all the elements but is so flamboyant and overblown that it becomes off-putting quite quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
An example of what happens when a picture has everything going for it except good writing and good direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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