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  • Summary: High profile lawyer, Mark Hunter has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney’s perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. (Anchor Bay Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    60
    Like the decent B-movie director that he is, Hyams tosses in two gripping car chases and blows up a few more vehicles for good measure. But otherwise, there's little in this pointless rehash to distract audiences from the pleasure of watching Tamblyn.
  2. He squeezes a bit of suspenseful juice out of the old plot, and Douglas makes smarm a chewy pleasure, but this is a noir in search of a hero we can root for because we actually buy what he’s doing.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Lacks tension or mystery. Even the courtroom scenes feel artificial.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    40
    The scam is so crazy, it just might work…for a throwaway episode of "Law & Order."
  5. The lack of charisma exhibited by leads Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn doesn't help matters, and not even the stalwart presence of Michael Douglas fails to provide the proceedings with sufficient gravitas.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    Comes across as more 80s TV movie than 50s period piece.
  7. 0
    The would-be noir Beyond a Rea sonable Doubt has an absurd story, but on the plus side you can hardly see what's going on because the photography is so murky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Dec 5, 2010
    7
    I like it, because it kept me interested enough with a final not obvious at all. Perhaps you could spend some time enjoying it ;)
  2. GypsyTravels
    Jan 2, 2010
    7
    We liked it. I didn't see the original, but this one kept our interest throughout the movie. I like movies without a lot of violence, sex, and vulgar language, yet a good story. This fit the bill. Expand
  3. K.R.B.
    Jan 8, 2010
    2
    We rented this from Shaw's Video on Demand for $5.99 because the wife likes Michael Douglas. We should have just waited for it to come out on the Woman's Television Network. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2011
    1
    It's sad that Michael Douglas signed onto this movie. The dialogue is complete crap and the last line of the movie is stupid and laughable. Worst of all the movie builds up to nothing. It feels like it just stops. I get the feeling that the producers wanted to give it a manageable running time so they cut large chunks that might have helped the movie, but not likely based on the dialogue up to this point. The wist ending to the movie is also horribly obvious from well before the second act gets started. Don't waste your time on this piece of garbage Expand