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Presumed Innocent Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ted Pigeon
Slant Magazine
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.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 31, 2013
Never less than engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
Intelligent, complex and enthralling.
Full Review | 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.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2013
A well-rigged whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2013
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 30, 2012
Gripping, well-acted whodunit courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
July 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 28, 2010
As moody mysteries go, the courtroom drama Presumed Innocent is among the moodiest. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 23, 2009
No masterpiece, but it has a certain snappiness to it that is entertaining, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In a welcome return to suspense, Pakula effectively conveys the claustrophobia of domesticity and courtroom procedure.
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