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Runaway Jury Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 27, 2003
[T]his film ranks just below The Firm and The Client on the list of John Grisham-inspired thrillers, thumbs up.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
A taut, escapist legal thriller.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
Efficient, precise, carefully calibrated and terrifically entertaining.
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 17, 2003
Runaway Jury is a runaway movie; it keeps building tension only to let it deflate like a saggy balloon, and it squanders its potential by piling on too many plot turns, too many characters, too much visual noise.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2003
Runaway Jury hooks the audience, and after 10 minutes there's no looking back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 17, 2003
An enjoyable way to burn up a couple of hours.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
October 17, 2003
Grossly inauthentic but authentically engrossing entertainment.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 17, 2003
May slip a cog or two in terms of plausibility but, thanks to robust performances, slick pacing and a smart script that opens up the typically restrictive genre, the verdict comes down in its favor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 17, 2003
A breezily entertaining courtroom thriller that again clarifies why Grisham sells so well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 17, 2003
Runaway Jury is an adequate, unremarkable piece of work, but as they say in the book world, you won't be able to put it down.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 17, 2003
The best that can be said for Runaway Jury is that it does not disappoint expectations: This is not a case of dumbing down literature; it's mediocrity aimed for and successfully achieved.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 17, 2003
Jury is the closest cinematic approximation to a beach novel that money and skill can buy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 17, 2003
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 17, 2003
You may be exhausted by the time the gavel comes down. But even if you disagree with the film's political agenda, you'll be impressed with the skill with which it makes its case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 17, 2003
Runaway Jury serves up intrigue in and out of the courtroom, making use of French Quarter squalor to add to atmosphere, and the actors don't attempt to outdistance the material.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 17, 2003
The movie hums along with a kind of sublime craftsmanship, fueled by the consistent performances of Hackman and Hoffman, the remarkable ease of John Cusack, and the juicy typecasting in the supporting roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 17, 2003
A captivating thriller that combines intensely personal motivations with broad swipes at the very foundations of justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 16, 2003
A high-minded potboiler.
| Original Score: B
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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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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 16, 2003
Lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that separates a superior courtroom drama from a slick, competent one.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2003
While I enjoyed Runaway Jury while watching it, its themes and performances didn't stay with me.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 16, 2003
Provides just enough nutritional content and exudes enough of a homecoming familiarity to make the indulgence seem worth the empty calories.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 16, 2003
John Cusack gives one of his wiliest performances in some time.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 16, 2003
Fans of courtroom thrillers won't go wrong with Runaway Jury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2003
A smooth, comfortable ride all the way, with Hackman and Hoffman, of course, the ultimate in fine engineering.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 16, 2003
Although the twists are pulpy and the legal foundations feel wildly porous, Fleder, a practiced hand at TV-cop stuff and movie thrills, makes the film a faster, more agile bundle of entertainment than the book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 16, 2003
The cinematic equivalent of a page-turner.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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October 16, 2003
The best big-screen adaptation of a John Grisham novel since The Firm.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 16, 2003
Fleder and his able cast deliver a brisk, entertaining story that, despite straining credulity at times, earns a positive verdict.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 16, 2003
Jury duty never looked so interesting.
| Original Score: B
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2003
The screenplay is credited to four writers, normally a signal of a misshapen mess, but what emerges here is taut storytelling where character leads to action and action leads back to character.