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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In place of the tension, climax and easy resolution of the old "Perry Mason'' show, A Civil Action offers murkiness, bitter successes and frustration. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Civil Action is like John Grisham for grownups. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is Hollywood expertise and Hollywood civic idealism at high levels. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A courtroom drama which is sufficiently different and thought-provoking that I can recommend it with a clear conscience. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    Takes an unexpected turn towards originality where every other "David vs. Goliath-courtroom drama" only strives. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Courtroom dramas that favor the courtroom over the drama are always in danger of eye-glazing dullness. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    The underlying problem is the mainstream film format's length constraints, which seem to have forced a rude bowdlerization of the story. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Starts out well, but it turns into an almost perversely undramatic legal thriller. show more

  • 100

    The convergence of storytelling mastery, acting virtuosity and star power makes A Civil Action one of the greatest films of the year. show more

  • 90
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    It tells a finely nuanced tale of right, wrong and the gray area in between. show more

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