The Verdict 1982

The Verdict

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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.

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User Ratings: 10,386

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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.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
Frank Galvin
James Mason
Ed Concannon
Jack Warden
Mickey Morrissey
Milo O'Shea
Judge Hoyle
Edward Binns
Bishop Brophy
Julie Bovasso
Maureen Rooney
Lindsay Crouse
Kaitlin Costello
Roxanne Hart
Sally Doneghy
James Handy
Kevin Doneghy
David Brown
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David Mamet
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Critic Reviews for The Verdict

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4)

  • Paul Newman has the role of his later career. He uses none of his blue-eyed charm, and scarcely ever smiles except while telling bar jokes. He IS the bruised Frank Galvin, and you feel for him with every shot of Irish whiskey and every legal defeat.

    November 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is realistic American film acting at its veristic/imaginative best.

    January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in The Verdict but somehow that isn't enough to make it the compelling film it should be.

    June 30, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Sidney Lumet's direction, like David Mamet's patchy script, may not be quite good enough to justify the Rembrandt-like cinematography of Edward Pisoni and the brooding mood of self-importance, but it's good direction nonetheless.

    June 30, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the brilliance of the form.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Verdict

  • 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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