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100
It is the best courtroom melodrama this old judge has ever seen.
100
Courtroom histrionics given sizzle and sex by Otto Preminger and Duke Ellington's jazz.
100
Anatomy Of A Murder respects the audience enough to turn us into the jury, and trusts that we, too, can consider the facts like adults.
100
Empire
Cleverly wrought and expertly played crime thriller.
90
Preminger purposely creates situations that flicker with uncertainty, that may be evaluated in different ways. Motives are mixed and dubious, and, therefore, sustain interest.
88
A prime contender for Otto Preminger's greatest film—a superb courtroom drama packed with humor and character that shows every actor at his or her best.
88
Slant Magazine
Preminger had the confidence in his performers and faith in his intelligent viewers: a happy combination.
80
Otto Preminger's fiercely austere courtroom drama was strong stuff in 1959.
80
At 160 minutes, Anatomy is longer than the subject warrants, but the pace seldom slackens—thanks to the competence of Director Otto Preminger.
80
Time Out
Though its title may promise a clinical procedural, Anatomy of a Murder cloaks itself in smartly tailored ambiguity and irresolution, and never altogether strips off.

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