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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    In the movie's high point, (Jeremy) Northam conducts an antagonistic interview with the boy, who eludes well-placed lawyerly traps.
  2. A study in unexpressed emotion, but Mamet turns the flame so low that his film lacks the emotional payoff we expect.
  3. The result is a rare treat, a revival of a period piece that doesn't descend into mere quaintness or prettiness, and that manages to capture the spirit of an earlier time without sacrificing the perspective of our own.