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  • Summary: A scandalous murder trial lays bare the secrets and pretensions the genteel townfolk of Savannah, GA, hold dear. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 89
    A wholly original creation, crossed with shadows and light and the everyday madness of Savannah and its remarkable citizens.
  2. Two aspects stand out. Clint Eastwood is not the first person we might think of to direct a film of leisurely pace, concerned with ghosts and a transvestite...Then there's Kevin Spacey, who grows before our eyes. [29 December 1997, p. 28]
  3. Kevin Spacey gives a richly nuanced performance as the accused killer, and director Clint Eastwood makes the sometimes sordid story less sensationalistic than it might have seemed in less accomplished hands.
  4. Yet for all the film's hard work at capturing Savannah's spirit, there is seldom enough context to make these characters seem anything but adorably whimsical to excess.
  5. 50
    The film is consummately professional but phlegmatic, a slow fizzle.
  6. 50
    A dragging, rhythmless piece of work.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    20
    It is likely to disappoint the book's acolytes and tax the patience of newcomers. [1 December 1997, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. JYT
    Jun 10, 2012
    8
    That was a very enjoyable court drama movie. Clint Eastwood did very well there. I watched it half way through reading the book. It shows howThat was a very enjoyable court drama movie. Clint Eastwood did very well there. I watched it half way through reading the book. It shows how life mixes facts and spiritual beliefs. The movie is not action packed obviously so for people with pattention issues, this is not for you: you have to listen, you have to concentrate to read between the lines, you have to follow the path. It requires a worthy effort to keep track of the event which is required for movies like "Once upon a time in America", "Once upon a time in the West", "The good, the bad and the ugly" and not necessary for most of the most recent movies. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2011
    8
    The atmosphere is wonderful. John Cusack's usual well-nuanced style fit right in, ironically, as the outsider looking in. The problem is theThe atmosphere is wonderful. John Cusack's usual well-nuanced style fit right in, ironically, as the outsider looking in. The problem is the length of the film; even though there were so many true-life characters (some playing themselves), you have to cut something. And, a little Chablis goes a long way. Eastwood's daughter could have been much worse. Expand
  3. [Anonumous]
    Nov 24, 2005
    7
    A + for Spacey's charactar & nice texture and local flavour in the film.
  4. GaborA.
    Jan 26, 2006
    5
    Good directing. Good acting. Good atmosphere. Yet while watching it I was unmoved or entertained and once over I felt unappeased. Just didnt Good directing. Good acting. Good atmosphere. Yet while watching it I was unmoved or entertained and once over I felt unappeased. Just didnt have rhythm or lasting impact. Expand

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