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Murder in the First Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A reasonably exhilarating hybrid of prison movie and courtroom drama.
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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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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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
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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
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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
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Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C-