Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Novelist Tom Garret (Dana Andrews) agrees to help wealthy publisher Austin Spenser (Sidney Blackmer), the father of his fiance, Susan ($Joan Fontaine) to plant evidence that will incriminate Tom in a murder and be sentenced to death, hoping… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Fritz Lang's direction does what it can to inject suspense and interest but the melodrama never really jells.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

While perhaps overdependent on coincidence and contrivance, this deft thriller guards its secret right to the end and proved a fitting swan song to Fritz Lang's Hollywood career.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy.

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Empire Magazine

What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Once he's raised the standard social issues, Lang destroys them all with a shatteringly nihilistic conclusion.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a ludicrous story, very hard to swallow. Lang, who should have known better, must have directed this with his good eye closed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt doesn't add up to much more than proof that Fritz Lang's best years were definitely behind him. The premise of an author… More
Marcus Woolcott
Very clever film.