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
WATCH NOW
Stream On
Stream On
88
Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1]
83
Entertainment WeeklyMichael Sauter
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
The New RepublicSean Wilentz
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]