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Witness for the Prosecution Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 8, 2012
Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
An exciting court room romp that engrosses the viewer with its high melodrama and dialogue driven scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2010
A slew of terrific performances help to elevate Wilder's twist-ridden courtroom drama above your standard fare in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2008
Wilder plays the suspense well, but this movie belongs to Laughton, who makes his every line resonate like music and thunder.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2007
Too much artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic

Time Out
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.
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
January 4, 2004
Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie: What's not to like?
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Witness for the Prosecution is a witty, terse adaptation of the Agatha Christie hit play brought to the screen with ingenuity and vitality by Billy Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
June 21, 2003
It's got enough unpredictable twists of its own to satisfy even Judge Judy's appetite for justice.
| Original Score: 83/100
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