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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.
80
An entertainment to be seen and appreciated in momentum. As such, it is constantly gripping
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
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]
30
Chicago Reader
I'm usually a sucker for courtroom dramas, but Rob Reiner's highly mechanical filming by numbers of Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of his own cliched and fatuous Broadway play kept putting me to sleep.
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.

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