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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 95
  2. Negative: 3 out of 95
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  1. PatC.
    Jan 8, 2004
    3
    Uh, OK, yeah one's responsibility for one's own actions is a convoluted thing if you've got a court martial breathing down your neck, but a distinguished officer corps will sort it out for you. You know, we should give guns only to lawyers, then there would never be any mistakes made in the military. Ah, yes, killing is honorable if done under control, but men as weapons of Uh, OK, yeah one's responsibility for one's own actions is a convoluted thing if you've got a court martial breathing down your neck, but a distinguished officer corps will sort it out for you. You know, we should give guns only to lawyers, then there would never be any mistakes made in the military. Ah, yes, killing is honorable if done under control, but men as weapons of war must never misfire. Yes Yes Yes it's all very logical and flashy, but if Nicholson hadn't been so dumbed down he would have pointed out the paralysis liberal barristers and their Hollywood partisans inflict on our national defense every chance they get. Expand
  2. Discombobulator
    Feb 29, 2008
    2
    Not a bad story, bud sadly let down by poor casting. Jack Nicholson is as highly watchable as ever, but Demi Moore proves yet again that she is one of the worst actress of her generation. She stinks in everything she's done, and dont let me get started on Tom Cruise's wooden performance. Yikes !! The courtroom scene is sadly let down by La Cruise's hambone performance, as Not a bad story, bud sadly let down by poor casting. Jack Nicholson is as highly watchable as ever, but Demi Moore proves yet again that she is one of the worst actress of her generation. She stinks in everything she's done, and dont let me get started on Tom Cruise's wooden performance. Yikes !! The courtroom scene is sadly let down by La Cruise's hambone performance, as he is outclassed by Jack. With better casting it could have been so much more. Expand
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Pace and performances dominate, with popped salutes going to Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon and especially Nicholson's smiling barracuda. [11 Dec 1992]
  2. The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.
  3. 63
    The film doesn't make us work, doesn't allow us to figure out things for ourselves, is afraid we'll miss things if they're not spelled out.