Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: December 25, 1998
8.8
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Universal acclaim based on 50 Ratings
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MichaelF.Jun 8, 2002
It's really good. It's powerful and funny. It's great direction and writing and acting all around.
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raVenSep 4, 2004
And so I return once again to laud the talents of one William H. Macy. He is the true incarnation of his acting hero, Martin Balsam. Just as Balsam appeared consistently in great films like 12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast At Tiffany's, And so I return once again to laud the talents of one William H. Macy. He is the true incarnation of his acting hero, Martin Balsam. Just as Balsam appeared consistently in great films like 12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast At Tiffany's, All The President's Men and Cape Fear, so too has Macy. And it isn't just that he shows up for work. He gives consistently great performances, even in small roles. In this movie, which features a list of big names as long as your arm, he again adds something that would have been lacking otherwise: a sort of manic comedy relief that buoys you through a story that really isn't funny in any way. With a cast so huge, (James Gandolfini and Kathy Bates appear as well, though not credited here) the true story might have been in extreme danger of being subverted altogether. But everybody seems happy with less, and the movie is better for it. Understated, heavy, but entirely watchable. Expand
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PatC.Jan 13, 2004
In a legal battle, whoever comes to their senses first loses. Never forget this. Justice is not about fairness, though fairness can result. It is about the resolution of controversies in the quickest dirtiest way available. See for yourself. In a legal battle, whoever comes to their senses first loses. Never forget this. Justice is not about fairness, though fairness can result. It is about the resolution of controversies in the quickest dirtiest way available. See for yourself. The story is flawed, but its lessons emerge intact. Expand
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bram29Oct 15, 2011
the movie was interesting to watch, though it has the general flaw of 'based on a true story'-movies of the ending being kind of an anticlimax. but the characters were very believable and i watched it all the way through.
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SpangleMay 7, 2013
It's a good movie and I went back-and-forth between giving this a 7 or 8, but ultimately chose an 8. Travolta is good in the lead role and Macy is great in his supporting role as well. Being that the movie is based on a true story, theIt's a good movie and I went back-and-forth between giving this a 7 or 8, but ultimately chose an 8. Travolta is good in the lead role and Macy is great in his supporting role as well. Being that the movie is based on a true story, the empathy you feel for the plaintiffs is certainly more powerful and I think that really helps the film along. Robert Duvall was also great in his role as the defense attorney. Expand
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cameronmorewoodNov 18, 2012
A Civil Action proves to be a solid legal drama, and that's mostly thanks to its stellar characters, who are played with quiet control by some talented actors.
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EpicLadySpongeMay 3, 2016
One of John Travolta's last films worth loving before the dreadful Battlefield Earth came and ruined the poor guy's career. I bet he's doing alright by now.
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