DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: December 10, 1997 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
63
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 23 Critics
Positive:
14
Mixed:
8
Negative:
1
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Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1]
83
Becomes a too-stately courtroom drama, with the Africans in the dock, the issue of slavery on trial at didactic length, and the top-billed Morgan Freeman as an abolitionist shunted to the sidelines with too little to do. [26 Jun 1998, p. 130]
70
Hopkins uncannily projects Adams's suppressed agonies as well as his querulousness, his zest for scholarship as well as his zest for political intrigue, his pragmatism as well as his idealism. [22 Dec 1997, p. 25]
70
Alive to the--yes--sometimes humorous, and therefore humanizing, struggles of the slaves and their would-be rescuers to surmount the language and cultural barriers that separate them. [15 Dec 1997, p. 108]