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Runaway Jury Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 25, 2003
Calling all Grisham fans: Here's one you won't want to miss.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 24, 2003
Though careful viewers will notice how Cusack's character tips his hand oh so subtly as to his real motive, the beauty here is in the film's skillful examination of the power plays outside the courtroom.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 24, 2003
Well-acted pleasure worthy of your thought and repeated viewing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2003
Grisham knows how to deliver courtroom dramas that pack a punch or two by taking the action outside the mahogany walls...made more satisfying by the talented ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
October 24, 2003
A liberal Western, of sorts. The latest liberal vigilante justice fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 24, 2003
Never boring but continuously frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2003
A lot of famous faces populate the courtroom in this overplotted and farfetched tale of jury-tampering, but they and the horse they rode in on are all so mired in illogical, head-scratching incoherence, they need lawyers of their own.
Paul Povse
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 23, 2003
Normally, I subscribe to the theory that Hoffman and Hackman - and Cusack, too - elevate any movie they grace and are worth following anywhere. In this case, I declare a mistrial.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 22, 2003
As in all his films, there's a sense that honest human emotion bores Fleder, but he gets points for packing the trial with fine character actors, all of them adept at wringing humor and poignancy from cliche.
Top Critic
October 22, 2003
In spite of its cheesy plot twists, thoroughly second-rate direction, and criminally wasted ensemble, Runaway Jury adds up to a nice little gotcha! courtroom melodrama.
Paul West
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 22, 2003
The movie is skillfully paced by rising director Gary Fleder and has all the usual Grisham touches: big issues, broad characterizations, tense showdowns and a swelling bounty of twists and clues.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
October 22, 2003
Fleder's direction confirms the impression left by his previous films, Don't Say a Word and Kiss the Girls among them, that he's a hack.
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
October 22, 2003
Like most of Grisham's stories, the set-up is better than the wrap-up, but this is a cast that knows how to satisfy, even when the material doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
October 22, 2003
A crisp piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 22, 2003
Surprisingly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 22, 2003
[Hackman] elevates what could have been a middling story into something to remember.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 21, 2003
Superbly crafted Grisham potboiler runs for over two hours, feels like forty-five minutes.
| Original Score: B
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald
October 21, 2003
...Far-fetched, poorly crafted, but very entertaining.
| Original Score: B
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 20, 2003
As a subject for drama, and despite the presiding incredulity of the premise, this one does pack some heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2003
Fleder coaxes hugely appealing performances from his leads, especially in their poker-faced verbal one-upsmanships with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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