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Philadelphia Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 13, 2015
Philadelphia may not be the film Demme's fans expect--its emotionalism is unfiltered by cool. But it has the power to open more than a few blinkered hearts.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Safe and apolitical it may be, but Philadelphia succeeds as a deeply affecting humanist drama.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
"Philadelphia" mostly succeeds in being forceful, impassioned and moving, sometimes even rising to the full range of emotion that its subject warrants. But too often, even at its most assertive, it works in safely predictable ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's less like a film by Demme than the best of Frank Capra. It is not just canny, corny and blatantly patriotic, but compassionate, compelling and emotionally devastating.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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.
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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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Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: B-