Presumed Innocent Reviews

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January 11, 2020
Where Presumed Innocent really takes off, though, and begins to catch an authentic flavour of the book is in the courtroom performances.
August 17, 2019
...a refreshingly adult drama that certainly captures the spirit of Turow's padded-out book.
April 9, 2019
It is intelligent and absorbing, but it is an entertainment.
June 12, 2018
The movie is plump with twists, turns and blind alleys. Who can be trusted? Who is innocent? Who is guilty?
February 6, 2018
Pakula's strong suit has always been his work with actors, and he's got a lot of good ones at his disposal. Ford gives a smart, self-effacing performance.
July 27, 2016
The film's densely constructed trial sequences are freighted with rich detail, unexpected turns and intimate insights into the criminal justice system.
July 30, 2015
It presents a more intriguing and certainly more complicated portrait of cinema's historic struggle with representations of female agency and sexuality.
July 31, 2013
This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.
July 31, 2013
A thudding disappointment.
July 31, 2013
Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have.
July 31, 2013
Never less than engrossing.
July 31, 2013
Pakula and the cast are excellent in the cut and thrust debates and the grilling of witnesses. At least on the surface, Presumed Innocent unfolds in the grand tradition of great courtroom drama. But nothing in Presumed Innocent is what it seems.
July 31, 2013
When you get right down to it, Presumed Innocent is really just an elaborate version of the standard courtroom drama -- souped-up Perry Mason. On the other hand, this is as good as Perry Mason gets.
July 31, 2013
Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.
July 31, 2013
Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end.
July 31, 2013
A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel.
July 31, 2013
Intelligent, complex and enthralling.
July 31, 2013
The performances are capable, if rarely inspired.
July 31, 2013
Based on the bestseller by Scott Turow, this intellectual whodunit begins on a slowburn as the investigation gets under way, before being resolved in a cracking courtroom drama.
July 31, 2013
A well-rigged whodunit.
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