Murder in the First - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder in the First Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 29, 2003
An arbitrary by-the-numbers courtroom/crime yarn that sometimes shifts between being too preachy and pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
March 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Unsalvageable and inadvertently silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It's a sorry excuse for a serious movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Scott Tobias
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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