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Based on 11 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What I can’t figure out is how director Peter Hyams can remake a 1956 movie from the great Fritz Lang and not learn anything about suspense, pacing and storytelling in the process. This movie is beyond boring. You could stay warm for two hours by striking a match to the wooden acting. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Lacks tension or mystery. Even the courtroom scenes feel artificial. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The lack of charisma exhibited by leads Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn doesn't help matters, and not even the stalwart presence of Michael Douglas fails to provide the proceedings with sufficient gravitas. show more

  • 60
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Like the decent B-movie director that he is, Hyams tosses in two gripping car chases and blows up a few more vehicles for good measure. But otherwise, there's little in this pointless rehash to distract audiences from the pleasure of watching Tamblyn. show more

  • NA
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The would-be noir Beyond a Rea sonable Doubt has an absurd story, but on the plus side you can hardly see what's going on because the photography is so murky. show more

  • 40

    Comes across as more 80s TV movie than 50s period piece. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The scam is so crazy, it just might work…for a throwaway episode of "Law & Order." show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    He squeezes a bit of suspenseful juice out of the old plot, and Douglas makes smarm a chewy pleasure, but this is a noir in search of a hero we can root for because we actually buy what he’s doing. show more

  • 50
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Lang's film, the last he made in the U.S., exposed the immorality of the death penalty; Hyams's retread offers only more plot and longer, louder car chases. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Despite excellent stunt work and a too-brief appearance by Orlando Jones as an unflappable cop, the movie -- unlike Mr. Douglas’s hairdo -- never rises above mediocrity. show more

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