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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hackman and Hoffman, old pals in their first film together, make a lively business of their one scene together -– in a toilet, no less. The rest you can flush. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A courtroom drama with a compelling story and something peculiar about it, too: For most of its running time, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of a rooting interest. The audience isn't quite sure who it's for or against. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Only slightly more slick and slightly less edgy than past John Grisham adaptations. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This story of 12 manipulable -- or manipulative -- men and women rarely fails to hold your interest, even though much of it doesn't hold water. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Its themes and performances didn't stay with me, as did those in "Out of Time." I think this is because, with the exception of Hackman, the actors' performances illuminate strategy rather than character. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Brisk pacing and a remarkable cast achieve the sleight-of-hand effect of making you forgive some implausible twists and a sanitized ending. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Like a juicy steak served to a man suffering on a diet of micro-greens and tofu, Runaway Jury will be devoured by fans of movie melodramas. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie hums along with a kind of sublime craftsmanship, fueled by the consistent performances of Hackman and Hoffman (in their first film together), the remarkable ease of John Cusack (the most relaxed and natural of actors since Robert Mitchum), and the juicy typecasting in the supporting roles. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    It's suspenseful. Fleder and his able cast deliver a brisk, entertaining story that, despite straining credulity at times, earns a positive verdict -- no undue audience-rigging required. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The closest cinematic approximation to a beach novel that money and skill can buy. show more

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