83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The already heavy-footed clomp of Grisham's declamatory storytelling style has been given an extra-thick-soled, wing-tipped, liberal-leaning, reality-tampering kick thanks to a screenplay credited to four writers.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Like a juicy steak served to a man suffering on a diet of micro-greens and tofu, Runaway Jury will be devoured by fans of movie melodramas.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Brisk pacing and a remarkable cast achieve the sleight-of-hand effect of making you forgive some implausible twists and a sanitized ending.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The closest cinematic approximation to a beach novel that money and skill can buy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A courtroom drama with a compelling story and something peculiar about it, too: For most of its running time, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of a rooting interest. The audience isn't quite sure who it's for or against.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie hums along with a kind of sublime craftsmanship, fueled by the consistent performances of Hackman and Hoffman (in their first film together), the remarkable ease of John Cusack (the most relaxed and natural of actors since Robert Mitchum), and the juicy typecasting in the supporting roles.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This story of 12 manipulable -- or manipulative -- men and women rarely fails to hold your interest, even though much of it doesn't hold water.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Its themes and performances didn't stay with me, as did those in "Out of Time." I think this is because, with the exception of Hackman, the actors' performances illuminate strategy rather than character.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hackman and Hoffman, old pals in their first film together, make a lively business of their one scene together -– in a toilet, no less. The rest you can flush.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Only slightly more slick and slightly less edgy than past John Grisham adaptations.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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