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A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the killer, he agrees to again defend him... much to the consternation of his friends. However, he explains that by being his attorney he will be better able to catch the man in a mistake... and on this the rest of the film develops, with the killer playing a cat and mouse game with the attorney until, at last, they both must recognize that they are not all that different. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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$9,974,446 (USA)
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', a blue blackish mood motif appears as a color aesthetic throughout the film. See more »

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Fuel pumps display amounts in liters even though the location is supposed to be in Massachusetts. See more »

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Atmospheric law thriller which deserves a better ending
3 December 2015 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Martin Campbell's movies has become quite commercial since early 90's. But "Criminal Law" is a decent movie which possible please thrillers lovers.

The film making is very effective, and the Jerry Goldsmith score along the fantastic photography of Phil Meheux create a distressing atmosphere.

About acting, i'm not usually amazed by celebrities performance (Gary Oldman ,Kevin Bacon) but some of the supporting cast. In this case, i have to highlight the Karen Young performance. She is a very interesting actress who had roles in " 9 1/2 weeks","Birdy" or "Maria 's Lovers".

The plot is interesting and has good development, but the ending has a lack of credibility.

Yet the movie deserves to be watched, specially for thriller's lovers.

6,5/10


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