The Verdict Reviews

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.
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
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.
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.
June 20, 2003
Overrated potboiler with preposterously innacurate courtroom scenes. But Newman is great.