The Pelican Brief Reviews

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June 24, 2019
Not on par with Alan J. Pakula's preeminent paranoid cinema. But depicting a POTUS at odds with his FBI director and creating obstruction of justice concerns aligns it with Pakula's other preternaturally predictive potboilers.
May 3, 2018
Both Roberts, with her intense fragility, and Washington, with his thoughtful heroism, prove invaluable in pulling us into the heart of the film.
March 7, 2017
A juicy conspiracy theory thriller.
January 2, 2011
Talky political thriller won't engage kids.
January 14, 2010
If I would still call it one of Pakula's very best films since the end of the 1970s, that says far more about the decline of his career than anything else.
March 30, 2009
It's too bad that Pakula allows this 1993 movie to dawdle after its climax, but prior to that he's adept at suggesting unseen menace and keeping things in motion.
November 5, 2008
Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intelligent thriller that succeeds on almost every level.
May 5, 2006
Definitely an easy rental and a good way to drown a couple of hours if you're looking for a little suspense, some law stuff, lotsa secondary players and a couple of renowned leads delivering the goods.
February 27, 2005
February 18, 2005
December 21, 2004
Julia good Denzel better.
December 13, 2004
December 3, 2004
October 7, 2004
Good, albeit overlong Grisham thriller
March 12, 2004
February 19, 2004
January 18, 2004
November 5, 2003
August 22, 2003
August 1, 2003
There's little doubt that The Pelican Brief fares best in its fast-paced and sporadically engrossing first half...
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