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A Time To Kill

(1996)

Rated R for violence and some graphic language.

R In Theaters 07/24/1996 , 150min.
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54%
Critic score based on 21 reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
There's no question the movie's entertaining. But the blatantly schematic depictions of black and white, liberal and hawk, and other tiresome dichotomies turn A Time to Kill into the moral equivalent of a cockfight. Full Review
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
Joel Schumacher, the director of "Falling Down," "The Client" and "Batman Forever," has a strong feel for this kind of glossy pop entertainment and a way of integrating social issues without sacrificing narrative drive. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
If the film doesn't add up to a cogent legal argument, neither does it have trouble delivering 2 hours and 20 minutes' worth of sturdy, highly charged drama. Full Review
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
In his screen version, Schumacher does a flamboyant job of staging the book without showing the slightest interest in what it's about. Granted, Grisham's original is no masterpiece; it's beach reading, but it deserves credit for addressing its subject with some conviction and integrity. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Then again, it's worth noting that this Hollywood production is actually saying something, rather than just churning out eye-popping special effects while relying on a regurgitated plot. Full Review

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