The Verdict

1982, Drama, 2h 2m

35 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Paul Newman is at the peak of his powers as an attorney who never lived up to his potential in The Verdict, supported by David Mamet's crackling script and Sidney Lumet's confident direction. Read critic reviews

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A boozing lawyer (Paul Newman) takes on a law-firm dean (James Mason), the Archdiocese of Boston and the system in general.

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  • Apr 29, 2015
    Pretty solid, but I feel like this film is poorly paced. It does drag at some points, but it's still a pretty good film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2014
    Newman is fantastic as a flawed lawyer seeking redemption by taking on the Church and its hospital. Lumet shows his directing chops to great impact.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2013
    A great, and somewhat realistic portrayal of an anguished alcoholic lawyer trying to get justice and do good for once in a long while. James Mason was spectacular, but Paul Newman's performance was even more remarkable. Charlotte Rampling was the same, deadpan Charlotte Rampling you have seen elsewhere. I suppose it's nice she was in this film, but -- m'eh, coulda been anyone else.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    It is always uplifting to see the underdog come out ahead. The acting is great - only the law seems an ass.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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