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Presumed Innocent Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
A thudding disappointment.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 31, 2013
A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
Joshua Tanzer
March 28, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
The performances are capable, if rarely inspired.
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
This deliberately paced, almost monochromatic movie reserves its real energy and color for blaming the victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The adaptation of Turow's novel does a good job of presenting the evidence as needed, and no more than is needed, while allowing time for the characters to establish themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A tightly plotted mystery that often threatens to leave loose ends and them very cleverly ties them all together.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+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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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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