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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 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
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    An intelligently proficient movie that works more effectively as a family drama than a legal thriller.
  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. Timing does no favors for The Chamber, the John Grisham death row drama that arrives on the heels of a better death row film (''Dead Man Walking'') and a better Grisham adaptation (''A Time to Kill''). But this film's also-ran aspects are partly offset by Gene Hackman's superlative performance.
  5. The Chamber goes so far toward humanizing bigotry it ends up sentimentalizing it.
  6. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    40
    An adequate, inoffensive thriller that, every so often, shows itself to be a little smarter than it needs to be… even if it isn't often enough to make this thriller anything more than average.
  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 more than once a year! Expand

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