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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For a little while The Client seems as though it's going to be a battle of wits between the two lawyers played by Sarandon and Jones. The interplay between the two is the best thing about the movie. [20 July 1994, p.E1] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    With danger in every woods, elevator and hospital corridor, Joel Schumacher's by-rote direction will likely give audiences what they want: slick, superficial escapism with casting punch - ironically, virtues associated with the current flop I Love Trouble. To its credit, The Client moves faster and adds suspense, but ultimately seems as negligible. [20 July 1994, p.1D] show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    In effect, The Client is a clever and pliant variation on the classic Hitchcock situation that puts a kid, instead of an adult, between the authorities and villainous criminals. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Sometimes, it's exciting to watch a movie formula jell on screen-and that's what you can see happening in The Client, the latest, and best, of three successive films adapted from legal thrillers by John Grisham. show more

  • 75
    Stephen Hunter Baltimore Sun

    Let's get Sarandon and Jones into another movie soon; they're wonderful. Schumacher can direct and there's probably even a part for Brad Renfro. As for Grisham, he needs a course in remedial plotting. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The setup in The Client is done so well, it deserves a better payoff. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Owing to a supremely engaging cast, The Client turns out to be stand-up Hollywood entertainment. Grisham's uninspired storyline can't ruin the efforts of two of the industry's best actors at the top of their form. [20 July 1994, p.E2] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Client is an example of what happens when a production team does the best they can possibly do with a routine script. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The Client is slick, but not much more than the sum of its surfaces. [20 July 1994, p.23] show more

  • 60
    New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Sarandon offers a lovely performance as the brash but starkly vulnerable Love, while Jones delivers a slickly entertaining portrait of a legal eagle who's more like a vulture. [22 July 1994, p.L28] show more

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