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Philadelphia Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 1, 2002
Hollywood's effort to say Something Really Important about AIDS turns out to be a timid, gutless joke.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This AIDS courtroom drama is so pumped full of nitrous oxide, you could get your teeth drilled on it.
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
November 6, 2004
In the guise of piety, Philadelphia panders to a perceived straight-male majority.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
July 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Jurgen Fauth
November 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2002
Overrated, but well intended. Intentions are not enough
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 13, 2002
Can't a movie make us feel sympathy for a gay character without having him die and spout opera cliches?
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 25, 2004
Being under the PC microscope transforms Demme into the bastard offspring of Stanley Kramer and Norman Lear
| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Phildelphia is a good idea, just not a particularly good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Philadelphia breaks no new dramatic ground ... And yet Philadelphia is quite a good film, on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
October 10, 2008
[An] extremely well-made message picture about tolerance, justice and discrimination is pitched at mainstream audiences, befitting its position as the first major Hollywood film to directly tackle the disease.
Cole Smithey
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Moving, Oscared '90s drama fostered AIDS empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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