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  • Summary: When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when heWhen up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that his actions freed a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 15, 2014
    50
    A courtroom thriller that becomes sillier and more generic as it zips along. It moves fast (a rare quality for a contemporary thriller), but doesn’t end up going anywhere interesting.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 16, 2014
    30
    In lieu of tension, the film is stuffed with crazed musical crescendos, amateurish structural feints and pregnant pauses that cry out for the familiar “chu-CHUNG” of a “Law & Order” scene change.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 16, 2014
    30
    Contrived and predictable yet fairly tense.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 13, 2014
    25
    You may feel as if you're watching two or three abbreviated episodes of Law & Order in quick succession rather than a fully realized movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 14, 2014
    0
    This utterly unmemorable, uninspired and unnecessary genre exercise should fade from view so fast they might just as soon have called it “Without a Trace.”
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Dec 29, 2014
    8
    The reviews are being a bit too harsh, I felt that the movie was rather fun to watch, and although some things may have been unreasonable, itThe reviews are being a bit too harsh, I felt that the movie was rather fun to watch, and although some things may have been unreasonable, it still completes its goal - entertaining the audience Expand
  2. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    8
    Reasonable Doubt is actually very different from what the critics tell you, because there weren't enough critics to give it a decent rating. 5Reasonable Doubt is actually very different from what the critics tell you, because there weren't enough critics to give it a decent rating. 5 Metacritics reviewed this film, saying it was awful, but if those five same people were the only Metacritics who saw The Godfather, The Godfather would have a crap rating as well. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2014
    7
    District Attorney, Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper), goes out one night to celebrate a big victory, and fearing for the safety of his car, in aDistrict Attorney, Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper), goes out one night to celebrate a big victory, and fearing for the safety of his car, in a bad neighborhood, decides to drive home drunk. On the way, he hits a kills a man, running across the street. Another man, Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is charged with the crime and it's Brockden's job to prosecute the man accused of committing his crime. Not wanting to convict an innocent man, Brockden blows the case, but afterwards finds out that the wounds on the man he hit, were not consistent with being hit by a car, and match the wounds of seven unsolved homicide victims. Now Brockden must find out if he mistakenly let a serial killer go free. Reasonable Doubt, unlike many similar films, actually had a unique and original story. Both Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson were terrific, and the film really could have been the hidden gem of the year, but only got 3.5 stars. The reason is simple, while it was a great story, it was far too predictable to be what it could have been. I really it hate when the Writers assume that the audience is too dumb to figure out what's going on. That's what happens here, while the story is tremendous, everything is laid out in such a way, that even a child would know what would happen next. Aside from that, the great story and terrific cast make for an exciting film, that was quite enjoyable, but it was just predictable to a fault. Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2014
    4
    Critics didn't like this movie much, 19 of 100 at Meta Score is Overwhelming Dislike...

    Samuel Jackson as a villain in the film may be one
    Critics didn't like this movie much, 19 of 100 at Meta Score is Overwhelming Dislike...

    Samuel Jackson as a villain in the film may be one problem. Not that he wouldn't be a good bad guy, but he does rarely play one. Big Stars always wanna be loved... and in this one the Bad part about Sam is hard to find. He seems innocent throughout, no real 'I'm a killer' tension from the script. Even at the end it's hard to believe that 'The Jack Man' would be huntin' us!

    The DA, the other main character in the film, isn't too bright... he does any number of boneheaded things, especially for someone who is supposed to be on the side of Justice. So there isn't much to cling to in our fabled 'good guy' area.

    VERDICT: lacks punch
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  5. May 21, 2014
    2
    A decent premise for a thriller that is spoiled by absurd plot twists and a sleepwalking performance by Samuel Jackson. There is a feeling ofA decent premise for a thriller that is spoiled by absurd plot twists and a sleepwalking performance by Samuel Jackson. There is a feeling of having seen it all before. And why did they leave that nice furniture on the porch in the snow in the last scene? Expand
  6. Mar 8, 2014
    1
    This movie was bland, predictable and felt like a episode of Law and Order were Sam Jackson was a guest star. It takes cliched tropes forThis movie was bland, predictable and felt like a episode of Law and Order were Sam Jackson was a guest star. It takes cliched tropes for these kinds of movies and just runs through the motions. The lead, who put forth such a dull performance I forgot his name, wears a look of guilt on his face so obvious it's odd that the other characters can't tell he's guilty of something. I only checked out this flick cause it was free and now I've erased it from my hard drive. It's a very boring thriller that offers no thrills since you can already tell how it's gonna end. Just watch three episodes of Law and Order and you have just spent your time better. Expand
  7. May 7, 2014
    0
    "Reasonable Doubt" seems more like an unfinished script as a finished film. Unoriginal, illogical, predictable, unitelligent.

    Really
    "Reasonable Doubt" seems more like an unfinished script as a finished film. Unoriginal, illogical, predictable, unitelligent.

    Really remarkable about the film is only one thing: The running time is given by 91 minutes. In fact, he has only 80 minutes. The closing credits have more than 11 minutes. I think that's a world record. This has otherwise only epic-films with a running time of 3 hours.

    So "Reasonable Doubt" is an absolute bluff-package. In every respect.
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