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100
Rolling Stone
That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner, who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Like all courtroom dramas, A Few Good Men is gimmicky and synthetic. It's also an irresistible throwback to the sort of sharp-edged entertainment Hollywood once provided with regularity.
80
This is a timeless thriller, a reminder of how stars who have been so average elsewhere can produce excellent - some career-best - work when given a decent script and a confident director.
75
USA Today
Pace and performances dominate, with popped salutes going to Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon and especially Nicholson's smiling barracuda. [11 Dec 1992]
75
Chicago Tribune
Works because it's able to draw so many side issues into its central conflict, spreading its concerns culture-wide. [11 Dec 1992]
63
Chicago Sun-Times
The film doesn't make us work, doesn't allow us to figure out things for ourselves, is afraid we'll miss things if they're not spelled out.
60
Wall Street Journal
Though not terribly interesting as political philosophy, A Few Good Men makes for a passably entertaining movie. [31 Dec 1992, p.A5(E)]
60
The final scene, when Kaffee locks horns with Jessep, more than makes up for the predictability of what's come before.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Slick, overly deliberate and brimming with hammy performances...directed by Rob Reiner with glistening, uninspired competence. [11 Dec 1992]
50
Christian Science Monitor
An engaging and sometimes gripping movie, if ultimately a superficial one. Reiner has mastered the surface skills of moviemaking, although the inner depths continue to elude him. [11 Dec 1992]
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.

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