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Continuity 

When Jack saves Helen, he enters the place with wet hair, some hair on his forehead. When the scene changes (after small talk with Helen, when Jack meets The Zec), Jack's forehead is clear.
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Jump to: Character error (2) | Continuity (11) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (4) | Revealing mistakes (5) | Spoilers (1)

Character error 

After the bar fight, when Reacher is in a jail cell, he is lying with his head towards the door, basically facing the wall. Reacher, as described in the book series that includes the book (One Shot) upon which this move was based, would never have his back to the door if he had the choice.
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When Jack is shooting at the range with the long-range rifle, he shoots right-handed. When shooting in other parts of the film (on the go) with both pistol and rifle, he shoots left-handed.
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Continuity 

When the coin is originally placed into the parking meter, the limit on the meter is marked as 30 minutes. Later when the police find the meter it reads 10 hour time limit. When Jack then goes back to the area in the car park where Barr set up to fire the meter once again reads 30 minute time limit.
During the car chase scene with the police, the inspection sticker can be seen on Reacher's car. Initially it states July 2012, but then it changes to September 2012.
After the fight with Charlie, Jack's leather jacket is wet from the rain. When he walks out of the shack a couple of minutes later, it's dry.
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When Jack meets Martin Cash for the first time: During the entire scene, Jack has a different hair cut compared to the rest of the movie.
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During the car chase, after Jack finds Charlie in the alley, they speed away from a parking garage entrance that's lit up with blue lighting. About twelve seconds later, Jack is drives away from that building again, without moving any farther down the alley.
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At the bar when Jack calls Helen and Charlie, her Blackberry call timer suddenly changes from 25 to 27 to 15 seconds.
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During Reacher's phone call to Charlie, the duration of the call displayed on screen varies, going from a value in the mid 20s to the low 10s as the scene goes on.
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When Helen Rodin comes out of her father's office after giving him evidence to look/investigate at Lebendauer Enterprises, Helen in the hallway turns around before the floor buffer actually turns off.
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Car chase: Jack's car lights: Rear: Left light broken/OFF. But when Jack leaves the car at the bus stop, the car keeps moving with both rear lights ON. Front: orange light on the left (driver's perspective) is broken/OFF. This changes from being off/on continuously.
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During the car chase a helicopter appears and shines a searchlight down the alleyway. The building behind the helicopter is clearly a different building than the one the cars are driving towards.
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Position and Orientation of the pen on/off the block changes several times while Jack is interrogating Sandy in the Autopart-store.
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Errors in geography 

The "highway bridge" the sniper should have used is the I-279 bridge. It is shown to have the sun behind it (west) in both the original shooting and the hypothetical discussions. This would mean it's evening (sun is low in the sky, during summertime) - not the morning, as indicated by the shooter's watch and the victims' stories.

Factual errors 

At the end of the movie, when Helen is speaking to James Barr in the hospital, she advises him that the conversation is classed as privileged - meaning it is strictly between Helen as lawyer and Barr as client. However towards the end of the conversation, the camera pans rounds and reveals that District Attorney Rodin is in the door way. As DA Rodin was prosecuting Barr, this would make his presence with Helen's knowledge a violation of the lawyer/client privileged conversation.
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Early in the film, Jack Reacher says that there is a bus stop "3 miles away" and that he can "walk there in 24 minutes". That is a speed of 7.5 miles per hour, far faster than walking (unless Jack Reacher is a world-class race walker).
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Early in the film, Helen tells Jack that their conversation is attorney-client privileged. No competent attorney would make that claim, as discussions with non-party witnesses are not at all privileged.
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The car chase showed a single inspection sticker. Pittsburgh and Allegheny County require a Safety inspection sticker AND an Emission sticker for cars 1975 and newer.
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Revealing mistakes 

Legal documents states parties as ONLINE ARCHER vs. the LEBENHAUER corporation instead of OLINE ARCHER in 2 separate scenes
When James Barr is being interviewed in hospital, the latex 'scab' on his lip has clearly lifted away from his skin.
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Emerson's watch isn't working during his interrogation of Barr.
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At about 20 minutes into the movie, at least two of the $100 bills in the brown paper bag have the same serial number: HC 36466975 A.
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When Barr is shown shooting at Hinge Creek (intercut with Reacher firing a different rifle), and at various other points in the film, he obviously jerks the rifle in anticipation of the recoil-- something a trained ex-military sniper would never do.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

When Emerson is looking at Sandy's body, her pulse is clearly visible.
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