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The Paper Chase Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 2, 2013
The love of learning is tops in classic law school tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
August 24, 2010
Essentially, this is a military school plot with a change of venue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
July 24, 2008
The Paper Chase has some great performances, literate screenwriting, sensitive direction and handsome production.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A muddled and slick 'youth' film.
Christopher Null
September 24, 2005
Houseman owns you whenever he's on camera.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
By the end it has melted into a blob of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
Solid (if dated) college-years drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Frightening drama of life in law school. Houseman is terrific.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 17, 2003
The Paper Chase is sort of charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
December 16, 2001
Simply an intelligent film about intelligent people.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
James Bridges manages to do a fair job with the semihokey material.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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