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Runaway Jury Reviews

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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
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James Berardinelli
October 16, 2003
The film has its share of high points, but the flaws are frustratingly obvious and impossible to overlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 16, 2003
More like runaway audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
October 19, 2003
How can we choose a hero to cheer for when we don't know who the potential heroes are or what they want? The film ... is full of intrigue and all, but has nothing to back it up.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 13, 2003
Its aspirations to something higher only compound its final, terminal mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
A tepid legal thriller . . . madly edited, with serviceable performances and dialogue that's snappy without being biting. . . . evades answering the moral questions it poses.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 17, 2003
An awkward hybrid of courtroom drama and heist thriller that spends a great deal of time on running around and shouting, but precious little on amplifying the important issues it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
October 17, 2003
A blandly offensive object that squanders a great cast on his usual blend of topical commentary, vague stabs at moral ambiguity and the kind of plot twists that will pleasantly surprise the slower members of the audience.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 17, 2003
Did I see a different film? The snafu preventing true greatness for the film - even with these gigantic talents as its characters - is the film's need to preach...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
October 16, 2003
Credulity is stretched to the breaking point here...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 19, 2003
It is watchable despite being devoid of meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 30, 2003
The film is well enough made to keep our interest, even if it never comes close to delivering on the promise of the material or the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 14, 2003
It's proof, if any is needed, that Grisham knows more about bestsellerdom than he does about law.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 16, 2003
Runaway Jury -- the latest Grisham potboiler made into a film -- is a prima facie case in rerun peddling, hardly distinguishable from the author's other novels.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 16, 2003
Watching a movie this impersonal play out for 127 minutes is like being sequestered in a dingy motel without a six-pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 17, 2003
A standard, industrial-strength, ensemble courtroom drama that offers nothing special beyond a set moral stance on a hot topic, which is nice but hardly enough to fuel an entire movie.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 17, 2003
Runaway Jury doesn't have the guts for a real debate. Too bad. It robs the film of something essential: a point.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 17, 2003's quite telling that the most engaging element of the flick vacates in the first five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
The film's action is limited to repeatedly ransacking Cusack's apartment, and the plot is rife with Big-Brother-is-watching paranoia.
Full Review| Original Score: D
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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