(1985)

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76

Metascore

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100
This is, first of all, an electrifying and poignant love story....And it is also one hell of a thriller.
100
Sure-footed thriller, beautifully photographed, with Ford's best performance thus far.
100
Arguably Harrison Ford's finest performance, and one of the strongest thrillers to emerge from the heady gloss of the '80s, this is director Peter Weir at his most adept.
88
Boston Globe
Beyond its fresh twists on the cop and romance genres, Witness is, above all, an anti-consumption film. [08 Feb 1985]
88
Chicago Tribune
Witness" is both exciting and thoughtful.... And just as important to moviegoers, Witness is a genuinely gripping thriller. [08 Feb 1985]
88
Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Witness is satisfying on so many levels it stands with "Cabaret" and "The Godfather II" as an example of how a director in love with his medium can redeem its mainstream cliches. [07 Feb 1985]
70
It's not really awful, but it's not much fun. It's pretty to look at and it contains a number of good performances, but there is something exhausting about its neat balancing of opposing manners and values.
70
Witness, which is one of the most originally conceived and gracefully made suspense dramas of recent years, to work into edgy juxtaposition the representatives of two subcultures that are ordinarily mutually exclusive.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The new movie eloquently dramatizes the unusual cultural conflicts between contemporary, violent urban life and an archaic rural community with pacifist convictions. [08 Feb 1985]

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