The Verdict Reviews
Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) a lawyer on the verge of financial and career crisis latches on to a case of medical malpractice against a prestigious hospital and rejects an offer for settlement though he doesn't have enough firepower to go for a trial against the will of the kin to the victim. He befriends Laura (Charlotte Rampling) who is budding a budding legal counselor and finds some hard truths.
Paul Newman portrays a man in depression who sees no way up from the position he is in but wants to stick by some ideology he never followed through his career. So the basic character structure is quite inconsistent which is why I couldn't relate to it in the first place. Sidney Lumet is a master of screenplay with his superior '12 Angry Men' and 'Dog Day Afternoon', but never really gets going here with uneven pacing and misdirected direction occasionally. Performances are top-notch throughout.
Uneven pacing and unrelatable protagonist didn't work for me, but features an excellent performance by Paul Newman.
All in all The Verdict is a masterfully crafted piece of cinema (hence the 3.5 stars) but does lack emotional depth to keep the movie afloat.
Saw this on 11/3/16
Though he has gracelessly aged, Paul Newman gives a stellar performance and Lumet directs with great effectiveness and tension. The film has a lot of plot lines not so much seen in the court room dramas, but sometimes it feels off, just like the romance which was totally unnecessary and included just so that the film could have a heroine and evade accusations of Hollywood sexism. The film has enough emotional impact, but its not as good as Lumet's own 12 Angry Men or Find Me Guilty.
A must-see for a lawyer.
This drama is more powerful in its scenes outside the courtroom rather than within, but none of the scenes disappoint, helped by an intelligent screenplay by David Mamet and handled diligently by director Sidney Lumet.