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Runaway Jury Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
½ May 7, 2014
Thrilling dramatic thriller, Runaway Jury is a worthwhile film to watch that boasts a great cast of talented actors and a well constructed story. I thought that this was a very entertaining film, one that was gripping from start to finish, and always kept you on the edge of your seat. The mix of thrills, mixed with the courtroom aspect of the story goes well hand in hand, and it makes for an even more compelling picture. Runaway Jury is not perfect, but for the most part, it's a well crafted dramatic thriller that is elevated by its cast, which makes you forget the film's shortcomings. Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman give the film's strongest performances, especially Hackman who is intense in his role, and he really nails the character he portrays. Overall, the film is well done, entertaining, and tells an engaging story that is sure to appeal to viewers that enjoy a good courtroom drama. Although it doesn't break ground in this genre of film, Runaway Jury is yet another perfect example of a well executed drama that has a story set in a courtroom. At times the film could have been refined, but overall, I was very much entertained, especially, like I said before, the performances here are magnetic, and make up for the weaker aspects of the movie. I've only seen one film by director Gary Fleder before this one, and here he delivers a terrific drama that manages to really be entertaining enough despite its flaws, and it's one of those cases where the performances save the film from being a total bore, as the story itself is nothing too elaborate. Runaway Jury has its weak parts, but it's a worthy viewing, and it's a bit underrated as well, it may not be the best courtroom drama, but it's not the worst either.
½ May 4, 2014
Not had....I was a little confused at times but not too bad
March 24, 2014
Great jury movie. Good scenery to go along with.
½ March 20, 2014
Runaway Jury isn't original; it apes "12 Angry Men" in every possible way. The movie isn't particularly well acted either. In addition, it can be tedious at times. What does the movie have going for it? A great script and witty dialogue that save the movie from being a complete and utter disaster of a film.
February 18, 2014
Predictable and relatively dull. Runaway jury makes the mistake of being too "Hollywood" and forgetting to make the audience care what happens in the end
February 1, 2014
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½ January 29, 2014
Some Cliche, Some Surprise & Twist..It's Not Bad, But Not Fantastic Either.. The Book Is Probably Better..
Super Reviewer
½ December 15, 2013
A decent courtroom thriller based on John Grisham's 1996 novel. Sure the premise stretches plausibility but the overqualified cast (John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman) do a fantastic job giving the proceedings depth and intrigue. Nothing too life changing but enjoyable on a rainy day.
November 26, 2013
Its smartly written, but the film is less than entertaining due to the completely unlikable characters.
October 19, 2013
Solid courtroom thriller with a nice twist. Great cast but overall competent rather than brilliant.
August 29, 2013
One of the best John Grisham novels ever to grace the movie lights. Usually when a talent pool of actor and actresses grace the scene this deep, turns out to be a comedy or not no worth the time. John Cusack is outstanding, Gene Hackman is ruthless, Rachel Weisz is a lovely, and Dustin Hoffman is probably the best actor to ever play a southern lawyer. If you love the 12 Angry Men (1957), you will love this.
½ August 7, 2013
A far fetched storyline, but very interesting to watch.
August 6, 2013
Based upon John Grisham's 1996 bestseller, this had been in pre-production since 1997, producer Arnon Milchan acquired the rights before it was even written! The film adaptation was directed by Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) and Don't Say A Word (2001)), and it's an entertaining and gripping legal thriller, even if differs from the book. After the shooting of Jacob Wood (Dylan McDermott) at his office in New Orleans. His widow Celeste (Joanna Going) takes Vicksburgs Firearms to court, claiming gross negligence on their part, with lawyer Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) defending her. A jury is selected, overseen by jury consultant Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman). In the jury is store clerk Nick Easter (John Cusack), who really doesn't want to be there. But, he soon finds his life is in danger and his apartment has been ransacked. But nothing on this case is what it seems, and Easter's girlfriend Marlee (Rachel Weisz) has her own agenda related to the case. It's a film which shows all the dirty tricks that goes on when someone takes on a big corporation. In the book, it was a tobacco company in the dock, here it's a gun company, but that doesn't matter, it's still a suspenseful and gripping thriller, with a good cast at it's dark heart.
½ August 4, 2013
I Like the original story. Acting was good as would be expected from line up of actors!
½ August 3, 2013
Not as good as the book, but it deserves credit for its skillful performances and interaction between Hoffman and Hackman.
July 22, 2013
A thriller centering around jury tampering that keeps you excited at every turn. Despite a couple slower parts and some noticable logic holes, the flaws of the film itself did not detract from the overwhelming suspense that put me in the seat of the courtroom, and on the edge of that seat, I might add. Superb acting and great plot.
½ July 22, 2013
The film raises conspicuous ideas about skepticism in and outside the court in exciting fashion, and results in an enjoyable crime thriller with the right amount of legal pleasure.
½ July 20, 2013
Runaway Jury is not well known by the general public, but a gem nonetheless.

The good. Engrossing story with nice twists to the plot. Great suspense with a slow developing intrigue. Imaginative and smart scenario. The main characters have a lot of depth. Solid photography, camera work, editing, and score.

The actors. John Cusack and Rachel Weisz both are just right as the young intelligent and dedicated puppeteers. Gene Hackman once again plays a despicable persona and manages not to over do it making the result very believable. Dustin Hoffman plays brilliantly the lawyer with a social conscience, one of his best, if very simple, role. Playing secondary characters, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, and Bruce Davison have given us very commendable performance.

The bad. One or two minor logical flaws, but that's it.

The ugly. Nothing.

The result. A surprisingly entertaining legal battle. For everyone.
July 17, 2013
I Like Gene Hackman.
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