The Pelican Brief Reviews

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May 3, 2018
Pakula's always had a cool style, tending toward solemnity, but let's face it, All the President's Men this movie is not. You wish he'd have a little more fun with the pulpy material.
December 12, 2017
It all sounds thrilling enough. So why is it so dull? Chiefly because of a central flaw in Grisham's writing, which Hollywood is unable to smooth out -- its grinding pedantry.
June 18, 2011
A routine thriller, curiosuly disappointing from Alan Pakula that even stars like Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts can't rescue
April 1, 2009
If only The Pelican Brief were purposefully controversial.
March 30, 2009
A shallow bore.
March 30, 2009
This is a standard Grisham pot-boiler.
February 10, 2009
You'd think that Pakula would be just the man to tease the intellectual and emotional depth out of a Grisham potboiler, but you'd be wrong. [Blu-ray]
October 8, 2006
A curiously disappointing thriller from Alan Pakula, reaffirming the notion that John Gresham's best-selling novels are more fun to read (at the airport) than watch on the big screen, even if they star Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.
February 9, 2006
An old hand at this sort of thing, Pakula goes through the motions, but not much more.
June 24, 2004
December 18, 2003
May 20, 2003
May 20, 2003
As the film piles on shovelfuls of further exposition, Mr. Washington and Ms. Roberts are left to look terrific and recite perfunctory lines.
March 26, 2003
Bland, bloodless thriller.
September 2, 2002
August 29, 2002
August 15, 2002
July 26, 2002
January 1, 2000
An unnecessarily-long thriller that contains far more talking than action.
January 1, 2000
A brightly wrapped, ketchup-drenched mush-burger, it slides down the Zeitgeist esophagus like a slippery McPelican. You pay, you swallow, you drive home. You're left with nothing except, possibly, heartburn.
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