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Reversal of Fortune (1990)



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Barbet Schroeder's fact-based drama stars Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bulow, the infamous New York socialite accused of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Glenn Close) with an overdose of insulin. (She slipped into a coma instead.) Ron Silver stars as Alan Dershowitz, Von Bulow's defense attorney; it is Dershowitz's book on which the movie is based.

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Critic Reviews for Reversal of Fortune

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

What it all adds up to is something the film never quite seems prepared to address, but this is a fascinating look at all the secondary questions.

February 11, 2008 | Full Review…

This is a strange, unsatisfactory mixture of satire and docudrama which engages the mind and leaves the emotions intact.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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There is a high degree of sometimes shocking intelligence running through Reversal of Fortune.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Reversal of Fortune is an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.

May 12, 2001

Irons founds his adroit performance, from cadaverous countenance to crooked pinky, on strangled passion and noblesse oblige. And astonishingly, he manages to make old Claus oddly pathetic, even sympathetic.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reversal of Fortune

A passable TV drama that fails to focus on one specific genre, and offers a mixture of thriller, mystery & a bit of courtroom drama. The conventional dramatic execution limits its effectiveness. Not having much expectations probably saved me the miseries, and made it a passable fare. Edit: In retrospect, I feel it'd be justifiable to rate it 3/5 for what it is.

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To spite the fact that this is a film based on real information regarding real events and people...this film comes across like one of those ridiculous, late night soap / dramas from the 80's. (Think Dynasty or Dallas). Everyone comes across as over-the-top caricatures. But who knows...perhaps these are accurate portrayals of the people they are meant to represent? In any case, it is a horrible and tragic story made all the more painful by these hammy, scenery chewing performances.

Robert C
Robert C

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After Fisher Stevens' first scene, Jim said, "This movie is off the hook," and we couldn't even figure out what "off the hook" meant in this case, but it certainly is. From the campy yet seemingly true portrayal of moneyed debauchery, to Glenn Close's beyond-the-coma narration, to Jeremy Irons' deep-voiced, sometimes comical, accent. "Sawhny..." Good performances with a decent commentary on legality versus morality but slightly slow in parts.

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