Absence Of Malice
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In this legal drama from director Sydney Pollack, Sally Field stars as Megan, an ambitious newpaper reporter who, based on information from FBI investigator Rosen, played by Bob Balaban, writes a scathing article that implicates Gallagher, a reclusive business-owner played by Paul Newman, in the recent disappearance of a labor leader. When Gallagher confronts Megan and sets her straight, the two team together to prove his innocence and have a few romantic interludes along the way. Wilford Brimley and Melinda Dillon also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Absence of Malice does not invalidate All the President's Men. But with entertainment values -- and a moral sense -- every bit as high as that film's, it observes that there is an underside to journalistic gallantry."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"I not only liked this movie despite its factual and ethical problems -- I'm not even so sure they matter so much to most viewers."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A solid, absorbing drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"gripping little thriller"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The ultimate conclusion of the film will leave you thoughtful and even perhaps a touch sad -- rare for any film, and even more rare for a thriller."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"A splendidly disturbing look at the power of sloppy reporting to inflict harm on the innocent."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What Mr. Pollack's movies lack in momentum, they make up for in quiet gravity."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Well-meaning liberal message story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Além de errar ao não condenar os absurdos cometidos pela repórter vivida por Field, o filme inclui um romance forçado e implausível. Definitivamente, não envelheceu bem."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Sally Field and Paul Newman deliver some great work in this look at journalistic warfare."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Impeccably liberal in its orientation to 'issues,' his avoids the excesses of Stanley Kramer-like telegraphy, only to come up looking aesthetically wet."
‑ , Time Out
"The picture has a smug, demoralizing sense of pervasive corruption."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Despite good intentions, this uneven drama might disturb women as the journalist played by Sally Field is not only irresponsible but also not very bright; Paul Newman compensates with a strong turn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Superbly observed."
‑ , Film4
"Another bash the media film, but 15 years before its time."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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