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  • Summary: One day before a convicted murderer (Washington) is to be executed, a reporter (Eastwood) discovers proof of his innocence.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. This is an old-fashioned movie done with wit, grace, smarts and style. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
  2. 80
    An electrically paced and brilliantly acted death-row thriller.
  3. It would be even better if Eastwood followed his character's lead and emphasized "real issues" over "human interest" in a story that touches on important social problems without doing much to illuminate them.
  4. In political terms, True Crime is a far cry from "Dirty Harry" -- it actually stands up for due process of law. In Hollywood, I believe this is known as mellowing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Thankfully, this time Eastwood flirts (and ogles) but stops just short of going completely over the top. [19 March 1999, Life, p.13E]
  6. It's a gritty story made in the director's more elegiacal mode, a confusion of style and content that is not in the film's best interests.
  7. On the whole, the film is content to lumber awkwardly between the condemned man on death row and the intrepid reporter on his save-a-life beat -- there's about as much rhythm in the style as there is sense in the plot.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 10, 2012
    8
    Not a death-penalty polemic at all; rather an effective thriller and character-driven drama. Eastwood reprises the Dirty Harry-esqueNot a death-penalty polemic at all; rather an effective thriller and character-driven drama. Eastwood reprises the Dirty Harry-esque character, this time as a washed up journalist who also happens to be quite a jerk. Expand

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