• Released
  • October 17, 1990
  • R
  • Documentary
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The comic contrast between the genteel snobbery of von Bulow, a Danish aristocrat, and Dershowitz's dry contempt for his well-tailored client is treated with understated but stinging wit in Nicholas Kazan's brilliant script. [9 Nov 1990]
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. [12 Oct 1990]
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100

Entertainment Weekly

Funny and scary, Reversal is a tour de force for Schroeder, who examines the idle rich, the intricacies of the legal system, and the imperatives of morality concisely but with unmatched brio.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a surprisingly entertaining film - funny, wicked, sharp-tongued and devious. It does not solve the case, nor intend to. I am afraid it only intends to entertain.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Mesmerizing.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Irons' Von Bulow is easily the most attractive and entertaining movie heavy since James Mason's villain in ''North by Northwest,'' a figure with whom he shares a taste for elegant homes and wry understatement. [17 Oct 1990]
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
If Silver is superb, Irons is transcendent. As some forgotten comic once said of George Sanders: A grapefruit wouldn't dare squirt in his eye. [17 Oct 1990]
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80

TV Guide

Irons's canny performance dominates the film. He plays the role with apparent frankness and dignity rather than melodramatic villainy.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
What's fun about this movie is the sight of Mr. Irons's Claus stalking the mansion like a tall, skinny ghost smiling at the perverseness of it all. [18 Oct 1990, p.A14(E)]
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93 out of 100
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