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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's great pleasure in watching a movie in which the director has thought out everything beforehand. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's all atmospheric, quirky and entertaining: the kind of neo-noir in which old-fashioned characters have updated problems. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The result is an entertaining and sporadically engrossing two hours. show more

  • 63
    Christian Science Monitor

    The acting is also solid, starting with Branagh's believable Georgia accent. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    And, in a pointless riffing on the title, there are ginger kitties galore -- this flick has enough cats to launch a Broadway musical. show more

  • 70
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Best of all, Robert Downey Jr., as Rick's seedy private eye provides a little comic relief at his own expense. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Between Magruder's oily schmoozing and the camera-ready combo of Spanish moss and constant rain, he and cinematographer Changwei Gu whip up some amazing atmosphere. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The most stylish and original John Grisham story on film. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Branagh, chewing on a plummy Georgia accent, makes the divorced, boozing, and womanizing Magruder a smug yet touchingly vulnerable legal player. show more

  • 80
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key. show more

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