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  • Summary: One day before a convicted murderer (Washington) is to be executed, a reporter (Eastwood) discovers proof of his innocence.
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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    True Crime gives you sleaze on toast--a heap of tabloid bathos, a dusting of high-mindedness, a dash of gallows humor. It's a bizarre concoction, but it's riveting.
  3. 75
    Wickedly effective thriller.
  4. An anti-capital-punishment polemic that won't change a single mind anywhere on Earth but will entertain well enough everywhere on Earth.
  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. Eastwood has never seemed less the persona he has built through the decades, the calm yet commanding center of a storm.
  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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Score distribution:
  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-esque character, this time as a washed up journalist who also happens to be quite a jerk. Expand

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