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  • Summary: This film is based on the true story of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio. After years of federal investigation, 20 members of the New Jersey Lucchese crime family are brought to court on 76 charges of various crimes. Already in the midst of serving a 30-year sentence, Jackie is offered anThis film is based on the true story of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio. After years of federal investigation, 20 members of the New Jersey Lucchese crime family are brought to court on 76 charges of various crimes. Already in the midst of serving a 30-year sentence, Jackie is offered an opportunity to shorten his time by testifying against many of his closest friends. But Jackie refuses to betray his "family," and goes so far as to defend himself in what will ultimately become the longest criminal trial of its time. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    Perhaps no director has so thoroughly explored the American concept of police work, prosecution and legal justice, and Find Me Guilty is a film that brings the 81-year-old filmmaker thematically full circle, back to his starting point, 1957's "12 Angry Men."
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    75
    Lumet has retained a lifetime of technique and sharp instincts regarding how to make a courtroom full of people worth watching.
  3. 75
    Despite being saddled with bad prosthetics and a ridiculous wig, Diesel displays more acting ability than in the testosterone-soaked genre where he has carved out a niche.
  4. The lack of irony, let alone ambiguity, in an upside world in which mobsters are the underdogs, should sink the film, but Lumet's laid-back professionalism and Diesel's big-hearted performance give it an affable buoyancy.
  5. 67
    A new courtroom comedy that finds Diesel chewing scenery in a role originally intended, and seemingly custom-made, for Joe Pesci.
  6. 63
    There's never a question which side the movie is rooting for during the trial, and the light tone trivializes what might have been a much more intriguing exploration of the American legal system.
  7. 50
    The best I can say about his (Diesel)performance is that it's charmingly terrible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JadiannahL.
    Mar 19, 2006
    10
    If there are certain types of movies you are drawn to yet you occasionally step out of the norm to see. This is a great movie to do so with. If there are certain types of movies you are drawn to yet you occasionally step out of the norm to see. This is a great movie to do so with. Giving an awarg winning performance now that he's finally been given the chance, Vin Diesel has a versatile gift to portray anyone he wants. I applaud you Mr. Diesel. Thank you Sidney for giving him the chance to prove to those who said "No, he can't" that "Yes, he can.... act." Expand
  2. PatcatL.
    Mar 27, 2008
    10
    One of the best movies since Good fellows. How did you get from the Brunos to the Lascees. I took a cab!!! I almost fell over laughing. I One of the best movies since Good fellows. How did you get from the Brunos to the Lascees. I took a cab!!! I almost fell over laughing. I love the part on how Judge Fienstien and Jackie build a Bond, I love the part on how the judge handles Jackies Mothers death, I hope all judges would show respect and compassion as judge Fienstein showed Jackie. I give the movie two thumbs up!!! Expand
  3. MarkB.
    Mar 28, 2006
    8
    Octogenarian Sidney Lumet's latest courtroom movie (based on real-life events and raiding actual transcripts for much of its dalogue) Octogenarian Sidney Lumet's latest courtroom movie (based on real-life events and raiding actual transcripts for much of its dalogue) doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same series of breaths as his two genre-defining classics Twelve Angry Men and The Verdict. In classic Roger Corman/ Larry Cohen low-budget fashion, the non-courtroom scenes appeared to have been shot inside somebody's house. The courtroom scenes are lit in such a way as to suggest thaty the film stock somehow got left outside in the sun for several days. And whether Vin Diesel let his hair grow or is wearing a rug, his foliage looks only slightly more convincing than what the Hair Weave guy used to wear when he used to break into the Late, Late Show at 3 AM. So why is Find Me Guilty nevertheless so compulsively enjoyable? Largely because its central character, Jackie DiNorscio, a deeply flawed but strangely endearing mob goombah (a working stiff similar in some ways to Al Pacino's character in Donnie Brasco, only with a lampshade on his head) who demonstrates Stella Dallas-like loyalty to his "family" during an incredibly lengthy courtroom trial, is, as played by Diesel, so unforgettable. When playing amoral action figures, as in the Pitch Black movies, Diesel can be well-nigh unbearable, but when allowed to display an innate sweetness, as in Saving Private Ryan, The Fast and the Furious, and (apologies in advance) The Pacifier, Diesel is irresistably likable and funny. Of course, every great comedian needs good straight men, and as opposing attorneys, Linus Roache and Peter Dinklage more than fit the bill, while Ron Silver delivers a wonderfully subtle portrayal of a by-the-book judge who nevertheless comes to care about, respect and even sort of admire DiNorscio. There are certainly some ethical qualms involved with a movie that in essence manipulates its audience into rooting for a bunch of gangsters and thugs to beat the rap, but on the other hand, Find Me Guilty (like Twelve Angry Men and The Verdict) works as well as a training aid for future legal professionals as anything else: while it may be initially true that the man who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client, it's even more true that Diesel's DiNorscio innately understands something very important that nobody else in the courtroom seems to grasp: if a jury is being forced to slog through two years of seemingly endless testimony, one of the most effective ways to gain their favor is to KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED. Expand
  4. ChrisF.
    Mar 19, 2007
    8
    I don't get the complaints about this film. What seems to get lost among viewers is these are not nice guys. You are not suppose to root I don't get the complaints about this film. What seems to get lost among viewers is these are not nice guys. You are not suppose to root for them. That being said the film is framed by Peter Dinkage's character and the DA. One talks about be a nation of laws and the other screams when he hears that one of the jury thinks Jackie is cute and reminds us all that they (Jackie and his buddies) kill people. There is no moral judgement made by this movie. You have to figure it out for yourselves. I will take a film like this every time. Disel and Dinkage are both excellent. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    Based on a true story and true events. What a farce that trial must have been!

    Vin Diesel really looks odd with some hair on his head...
    Based on a true story and true events. What a farce that trial must have been!

    Vin Diesel really looks odd with some hair on his head... But beside that, his performance as Jackie DiNorscio is amusing and entertaining.

    A longest, and perhaps the biggest, case against Italian mafia in the USA, and this one man representing himself - since he has nothing to lose and has seen too many lawyers already - makes the 21 months so much more interesting, I'm sure.

    The plot is witty and light. There's some drama, but mostly it's a steady flow from beginning to end. I was surprised that the movie was as entertaining as it was.
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  6. NedF.
    Mar 16, 2006
    5
    Reasonably good acting and dialogue help tell this unusual, "based-on-true-events" story. Ultimately, however, this courtroom drama suffers, Reasonably good acting and dialogue help tell this unusual, "based-on-true-events" story. Ultimately, however, this courtroom drama suffers, because although apparently none of the characters in the film has any idea what the jury will decide, the audience has had two hours of clues lopsided in one direction, not from courtroom evidence as much as from the dramatic structure. Expand
  7. JimG.
    Jul 1, 2006
    3
    Stereotypical mobster movie from a different angle - draws in stereotypical mobster film actors. Yeah, based on real story, but same old stuff.

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