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  • Summary: O'Donnell stars as idealistic young attorney Adam Hall who takes on the death row clemency case of his onetime Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall (Hackman). With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As theO'Donnell stars as idealistic young attorney Adam Hall who takes on the death row clemency case of his onetime Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall (Hackman). With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth. (Universal Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Delivers the entertaining goods without fuss or frills.
  2. Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie.
  3. 60
    Though it lacks the gloss, twists and star power of earlier Grisham movies, The Chamber does possess Gene Hackman's most cantankerous turn since the lowdown lawman he created in "Unforgiven."
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The Chamber merits some respect for daring to be gloomy, for facing the capital punishment issue head-on and for the quality of Gene Hackman's performance. [11 October 1996, p.1D]
  5. Hackman gives a powerful performance as the killer, and the storytelling is often gripping. But the film contains much extremely offensive language and gratuitous depictions of violence, some of it aimed at children, not needed to get the plot across.
  6. The Chamber is like a balloon that all the air has leaked out of. Maybe it wasn't magnificent before, but in its current state it is sad indeed.
  7. The Chamber has nowhere to go and it goes there slowly, flirting in all directions.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    6
    Not bad, not great, a 6.5 at most, not a 7, so I guess I will just put 6..but yeah, I would watch it again...a few more times, but never moreNot bad, not great, a 6.5 at most, not a 7, so I guess I will just put 6..but yeah, I would watch it again...a few more times, but never more than once a year! Expand
  2. CapoRegime
    Oct 14, 2009
    5
    Not as intense as the other Grisham based films. Thumbs up to Hackman, only to him.

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