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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    With outstanding performances by Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the embattled father and daughter, the film is a remarkably mature treatment of conflict in a family whose members are fully involved in the problems of our times. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There is cinematic art, and there's a good evening out; this is the latter. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The screenplay by Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames and Samantha Shad contains dialogue scenes so well-heard and written it's hard to believe this is a Hollywood movie, with Hollywood's tendency to have characters underline every emotion so the audience won't have to listen so carefully. show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's an undemanding yet bright delight. [16 Mar 1991] show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    The work of Hackman and Mastrantonio keeps the action afloat and more credible than it deserves to be. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Class Action occupies itself with long passages of family melodrama, most of it as familiar as the courtroom drama but far less entertaining. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • 25
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Its squandering of talent makes Class Action a film that deserves to be disbarred, not reviewed. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • 40
    Kim Newman Empire

    Class Action, which becomes unbearable whenever the lead characters talk about their relationship, has precisely two and a half things going for it, the half being Mastrantonio's Italian grin. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Director Apted has somehow managed to take one of the most contrived plots I've ever seen and make it seem, if not original, then at least way above average. show more

  • 83
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    When it's good, there is no more riveting movie genre than a courtroom drama, and Class Action is one of the best in ages - perhaps since "The Verdict" in 1982. [15 Mar 1991] show more

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