Murder in the First - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder in the First Reviews

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July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 29, 2003
An arbitrary by-the-numbers courtroom/crime yarn that sometimes shifts between being too preachy and pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.
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
It's a sorry excuse for a serious movie.
February 13, 2001
Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 12, 2002
The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 1, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 2, 2011
Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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