The Verdict Reviews

August 28, 2019
The actors mechanically repeat a script that wasn't written with originality. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 27, 2019
Lumet was convinced that Paul Newman was the perfect actor for the film; and he was completely right. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 12, 2018
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.
January 8, 2018
This is realistic American film acting at its veristic/imaginative best.
May 15, 2013
Count me among those who think the Best Actor Oscar that Paul Newman won for "The Color of Money" was a make-up call. The groundwork was laid right here in "The Verdict," and with the equally accomplished "Absence of Malice" a year earlier.
July 6, 2010
When a movie contains names as Paul Newman, David Mamet and Sidney Lumet, it is hard not to have high hopes. Yet The Verdict meets these aspirations, and in the process presents some of the best work by these three revered figures of American cinema.
June 30, 2008
Sidney Lumet directs effectively, keeping the tension strong, and unfolding David Mamet's intelligent screenplay slowly but with maximum impact.
June 30, 2008
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
Paul Newman goes into court a drunken bum and comes out a better man in this superb legal drama about a man finding redemption.
June 30, 2008
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.
April 15, 2008
September 9, 2007
Not an action flick by any means, The Verdict is a slow burn from frame one to the end.
February 2, 2007
A cynical and gripping courtroom drama.
October 21, 2006
David Mamet's script is a bit theatrical for courtroom drama, but it's Paul Newman's nuanced performance, and the direction of Lumet, who uses silences and pauses as eloquently as dialogue, that distinguish the picture.
February 16, 2006
Newman gives a brilliant performance in this powerful David and Goliath tale of a sad man's quest for redemption in the face of despair. Newman, director Lumet and the film itself all should have won an Academy Award, but sadly didn't.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the brilliance of the form.
October 23, 2004
The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine.
August 27, 2004
June 5, 2004
February 9, 2004