This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Never less than engrossing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.
Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.
Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end.
Intelligent, complex and enthralling.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
A well-rigged whodunit.
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.
A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gripping, well-acted whodunit courtroom drama.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: A-
As moody mysteries go, the courtroom drama Presumed Innocent is among the moodiest. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2.5/4
No masterpiece, but it has a certain snappiness to it that is entertaining, at least.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
In a welcome return to suspense, Pakula effectively conveys the claustrophobia of domesticity and courtroom procedure.
Solid courtroom melodrama from the Scott Turow novel
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 4/5