Miramax Films | Release Date: September 1, 1988 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
79
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 12 Critics
Positive:
9
Mixed:
3
Negative:
0
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100
A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988]
100
The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever. [26 Aug 1988]
90
Morris has fashioned a brilliant work of pulp fiction around this crime. [26 Aug 1988, p.C6]
75
At first I was irritated by what I felt were the unnecessary repetitions, but the film's final effect - for all its laughs - is a shocking reminder, as Adams says with resignation, that the lady who holds the scales of justice is blindfolded. [21 Mar 1988]
70
Morris pulls off a genuine shocker to cap his film, but his method exacts its price. It takes fully a third of the film's 109 minutes to become involved in it, thanks to Morris' deadpan tone and the initially jarring effect of his intercutting between straightforward talking heads and his B-movie reenactment of the crime. [2 Sept 1988]