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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Chamber has nowhere to go and it goes there slowly, flirting in all directions. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The Chamber merits some respect for daring to be gloomy, for facing the capital punishment issue head-on and for the quality of Gene Hackman's performance. [11 October 1996, p.1D] show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The films portray the Klan as criminal, racist and anonymous, but those have always been its selling points; it is not portrayed as boring and stupid. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Hackman gives a powerful performance as the killer, and the storytelling is often gripping. But the film contains much extremely offensive language and gratuitous depictions of violence, some of it aimed at children, not needed to get the plot across. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Mechanical and artificial, and tells you what to think. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    The usual John Grisham legal hokum, tranformed by director James Foley into surprisingly grim and affecting stuff. show more

  • 40

    No fun at all. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    An adequate, inoffensive thriller that, every so often, shows itself to be a little smarter than it needs to be… even if it isn't often enough to make this thriller anything more than average. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The Chamber goes so far toward humanizing bigotry it ends up sentimentalizing it. show more

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