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Presumed Innocent Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
Intelligent, complex and enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
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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
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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-
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Variety Staff
Variety
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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Ford, who comes alive in the flashbacks recalling his tempestuous affair with Carolyn, spends much of the film with a wary, cautious expression masking all other emotions. He does this with flawless delicacy...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Ford -- breaking again from his Indiana Jones heroics -- is astonishingly fine in a performance of controlled intensity.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
An engrossing adult drama that relies on complex characterizations and twisty plotting, and doesn't ask us to accept its central character as a superman.
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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
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Competent, resolutely unflashy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A solid whodunit.