A Few Good Men
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In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a very watchable picture, with plenty of drama and some good laughs. But you can't forget for a moment that Reiner is taking your emotions on a carefully guided tour."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Though a courtroom drama on the surface, the movie is really about the changing face of power in the military, and in all walks of life."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The best feature of Rob Reiner's court martial drama isn't Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth" speech. It's seeing a classy cast and a slick script hammer home a smart liberal message."
‑ , Total Film
"A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The ultimate rebel Jack Nicholson has a ball playing the ultimate establishment figure in this star-laden, rather old-fashioned courtroom drama."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"More than competent are Moore, spared from what would have been a phony romantic involvement with Cruise, Kevin Bacon as a prosecutor and Kiefer Sutherland as a by-the-book Marine."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The final scene, when Kaffee locks horns with Jessep, more than makes up for the predictability of what's come before."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As a courtroom drama, it manages to overcome its shortcomings -- some fairly ridiculous dialogue, implausible situations and predictable plot points -- with the pure screen power of its stars."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"A somber, studiedly intense drama that is absorbing despite its total predictability."
‑ , People Magazine
"Although Nicholson has little more than an extended cameo, he seizes the final courtroom scene and makes it a tour de force of cinema."
‑ , Film4
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