The Paper Chase - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Paper Chase Reviews

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January 24, 2015
...a fairly routine drama that never feels as though it's building to anything significant or even interesting...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2013
The love of learning is tops in classic law school tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2010
Essentially, this is a military school plot with a change of venue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2008
The Paper Chase has some great performances, literate screenwriting, sensitive direction and handsome production.
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February 9, 2006
A muddled and slick 'youth' film.
September 24, 2005
Houseman owns you whenever he's on camera.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2005
By the end it has melted into a blob of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 2, 2005
Solid (if dated) college-years drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
Houseman is able to project subtleties of character even while appearing stiff and unrelenting; it's a performance of Academy Award quality, and resulted in an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 16, 2004
Frightening drama of life in law school. Houseman is terrific.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
June 17, 2003
The Paper Chase is sort of charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2003
John Houseman takes center stage with his near-perfect depiction of an imposing law school professor.
May 24, 2003
It's intelligent, entertaining and ultimately uplifting, but never really gets to the heart of the class struggle (academic and social) that's taking place.
December 16, 2001
Simply an intelligent film about intelligent people.
January 1, 2000
James Bridges manages to do a fair job with the semihokey material.
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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