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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Norman Green
    100
    The convergence of storytelling mastery, acting virtuosity and star power makes A Civil Action one of the greatest films of the year.
  2. 90
    Not just another lawyer movie, but rather one of the most striking dramas of the year.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A sturdy piece of work, an old-fashioned conversion narrative with some high-tech zip.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    A solid and intelligent legal thriller that may be too complex in its issues, and too low-key and unexciting in its style, for today's market demands.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Miele
    60
    Takes an unexpected turn towards originality where every other "David vs. Goliath-courtroom drama" only strives.
  6. 60
    As a primer on the arcana surrounding the profession of personal injury lawyer (more familiarly known as ambulance chaser), A Civil Action is deeply, and even passionately, informative. As a drama and character study, though, it mostly misses the mark.
  7. A multifaceted misfire from writer-director Steven Zaillian.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    7
    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 someA 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. Collapse
  2. Oct 15, 2011
    7
    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 anthe 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. Expand
  3. May 7, 2013
    5
    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 andIt'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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