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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.)
Score distribution:
  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. Eastwood essentially uses the Lady Chablis the same way he did a few extended Charlie Parker solos in Bird--as unbridled, inventive improvisations that challenge the well-rehearsed "head" arrangements of everyone else.
  3. 75
    Eastwood has captured a peculiar yet involving slice of life.
  4. 60
    Like the South, the movie is sumptuous and somnolent.
  5. Isn't an awful movie. It's got two charismatic, albeit ill-served leads in John Cusack and Kevin Spacey, and it's got a sizzling, tear-it-up performance by The Lady Chablis, who brings such good-natured sass and suggestiveness that you hunger for more whenever she's offscreen.
  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. 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 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
  2. 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 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

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