...And Justice For All
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Norman Jewison's blackly satirical look at the American justice system has gained in stature as one of the more incisive social commentaries of its time. Al Pacino plays Arthur Kirkland, an incorruptible attorney who attempts to initiate reforms in the Maryland justice system. Kirkland is haunted by the fates of two past clients, one of whom committed suicide in jail; the other is still alive but is locked up on a trumped-up traffic violation. The ability of power and money to distort the pursuit of justice becomes all too clear as Kirkland finds out how deeply the rot has spread. He is… More
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"Justice is seldom as deep or trenchant as it wants to be, but there's abundant pleasure to be gleaned from skating along its surfaces."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"With the exception of Mr. Strasberg and Mr. Levene, the actors are as hysterical as their material."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Pacino does his best with a well-meaning but unfocused script, which often concentrates too much on politics, thus failing to do justice to its characters."
‑ , Film4
"Pacino alternando com fluidez entre momentos intensos e outros de introspecção, um roteiro bem construído e um clímax inesquecível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Al Pacino gives a dominant performance as a lawyer whose morals are compromised, but director Norman Jewison can't find the right balance between the critical and satirical elements of the legal system."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Attempts to alternate between comedy and drama, handling neither one incompetently, but also not excelling at either task."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Here's an angry comedy crossed with an expose and held together by one of those high-voltage Al Pacino performances that's so sure of itself we hesitate to demur."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A tiresome and pointless film where Pacino is wasted as a witness to a parade of lunatics."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"years after watching it you'll have no idea what the central trial was all about... but you'll certainly remember that, whatever it was, it was out of order!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Entertaining, with a vintage Pacino performance that only occasionally lapses into grandstanding."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Aims to do for the American judicial system what All the President's Men did for the presidency, and if Jewison had only maintained the tone of the superb original screenplay, he might have succeeded."
‑ , Time Out
"...And Justice for All has no part in the stock trade of shock witnesses and surprising revelations. This is about how too many guilty people walk while the innocent take their places in overcrowded jails."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"If an uneasy mix of humour and sadness never quite gels, its message is clear and its cast uniformly strong."
‑ Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine
"Pacino at the top of his game...[but] the film's lack of faith in its audience is glaringly apparent. [DVD review]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Courtroom hijinks still bites, Pacino tops"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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