Critic Reviews



Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Sometimes, it's exciting to watch a movie formula jell on screen-and that's what you can see happening in The Client, the latest, and best, of three successive films adapted from legal thrillers by John Grisham.
Let's get Sarandon and Jones into another movie soon; they're wonderful. Schumacher can direct and there's probably even a part for Brad Renfro. As for Grisham, he needs a course in remedial plotting.
The Client, with a fast, no-nonsense pace and three winning performances, is the movie that most clearly echoes the simple, vigorous Grisham style.
The movie keeps you occupied, but in a processed, unexciting way.
The setup in The Client is done so well, it deserves a better payoff.
The Client is an example of what happens when a production team does the best they can possibly do with a routine script.
Unfortunately, the film rarely slows long enough for the actors to do anything more than sketch in their characters. On the other hand, the showdowns between Sarandon and Jones are choice; it's a meeting of charismatic equals.
This movie is much like its brethren: pretty, with strong leads -- the most fun is watching Sarandon match her heavy-lidded orbs against Jones' demon stare -- great supporting work (especially from the sorrowful Parker and the regal Davis), and a tense chase or two from director Schumacher.
The Client is a satisfactory, by-the-numbers child-in-jeopardy thriller that will fill the bill as a very commercial hot weather popcorn picture.
Boston Globe
The Client is slick, but not much more than the sum of its surfaces. [20 July 1994, p.23]

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for The Client (1994) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews