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Presumed Innocent Reviews

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Never less than engrossing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 31, 2013
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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Intelligent, complex and enthralling.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 31, 2013
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A well-rigged whodunit.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 31, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gripping, well-acted whodunit courtroom drama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

August 30, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Director Alan J. Pakula, who cowrote the script with Frank Pierson, has done a reasonable job of compressing Turow's plot into a two-hour space. But the narrative skeleton is all that's left.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011
Brian Orndorf

I mean, honestly. Sabich torching his marriage and career makes perfect sense opposite a full-court-press from the likes of Greta Scacchi. Pakula was no fool.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

July 29, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

As moody mysteries go, the courtroom drama Presumed Innocent is among the moodiest. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 28, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

No masterpiece, but it has a certain snappiness to it that is entertaining, at least.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

December 23, 2009
Variety Staff
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Honed to a riveting intensity by director Alan Pakula and featuring the tightest script imaginable, Presumed Innocent is a demanding, disturbing javelin of a courtroom murder mystery.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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In a welcome return to suspense, Pakula effectively conveys the claustrophobia of domesticity and courtroom procedure.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Solid courtroom melodrama from the Scott Turow novel

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2005
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2005
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