Witness for the Prosecution Reviews

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November 4, 2020
Witness for the Prosecution may wrap itself up a bit smugly, even as it spins a sharp twist, but it still stands as one of the more notable courtroom dramas even as it crackles along on a sort of contrived artifice.
October 30, 2018
it's Laughton who is afforded free reign to explore his character and demonstrates impeccable comic timing.
September 11, 2018
Laughton knocks it out of the park as Robarts, and his scenes with real-life missus Lanchester are hysterical.
July 16, 2018
The whole film is so indubit- ably, exuberantly recommendable (for aunts. grandparents, grandchildren, highbrows, low- brows, husbands, wives, and almost anyone else you can think of at any end of the scale.
October 17, 2014
Every time the story strays from Sir Wilfrid, the interest level goes down a notch. Fortunately for the viewer, it doesn't get away from him very long at any point.
July 22, 2014
Witness For The Prosecution has the pace and patience of live theater, but not the look. Wilder doesn't get overly flashy with camera moves and angles, but he does shift positioning subtly and effectively.
February 8, 2012
Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty.
February 8, 2012
Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous.
March 16, 2011
This Oscar-nominated courtroom drama represents Billy Wilder at his most theatrical and old-fashioned, but the saga is enjoyable and so is the acting of all-star cast.
July 6, 2010
An exciting court room romp that engrosses the viewer with its high melodrama and dialogue driven scenes.
January 1, 2010
A slew of terrific performances help to elevate Wilder's twist-ridden courtroom drama above your standard fare in the genre.
August 22, 2008
Wilder plays the suspense well, but this movie belongs to Laughton, who makes his every line resonate like music and thunder.
August 15, 2007
His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney.
March 19, 2007
Too much artificiality.
January 30, 2007
[Marlene Dietrich] was never better than she is here.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour.
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