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A wise guy turns his own trial upside down by serving as his own lawyer in this comedy drama based on a true story. In 1987, an extensive investigation into the activities of the Lucchese crime family led to charges being filed against most of the key members of the gang, leading to the prosecution of 20 different men, each represented by their own council. That is, except for Giacomo DiNorscio, aka Jackie Dee (Vin Diesel), a longtime Lucchese family "mechanic" implicated in everything from kidnapping to drug dealing. While Jackie Dee is obviously a common criminal and guilty of all… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's hard to do anything in court that hasn't been done before. It's a static situation, and points are scored in tiny increments. No big witness-stand breakdowns, no tearful confessions. Thus, boredom creeps in."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This may be the most Brechtian thing Lumet has ever done -- a movie that repeatedly challenges us to think and then to reconsider."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If watching a jury disregard mountains of damning evidence in favor of a charismatic gangster who calls himself a "gagster" seems a morally challenging proposition, well that's all part of the bargain in Lumet's topical drama."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Manages to crackle along in lively fits and starts of nasty profanity and very bad but all too credible behavior."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...more reminiscent of a glorified Perry Mason episode than a return to form for the filmmaker."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"If you didn't know you were watching Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, you wouldn't know you were watching Vin Diesel. And that's a compliment."
‑ Christy Lemire, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As Vin Diesel plays him in a likable, image-adjusting turn -- prosthetically fat, thick of Jersey accent -- Jackie (who died in 2004) was about as sweet as a career criminal can be."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"What on the surface seems like a regular court drama with a little humor thrown in for good measure actually works as a wicked satire on the American judicial system."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Vin Diesel gives a perfect performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"We could have done just as well to watch the proceedings on Court TV -- free, as it were, to flip channels or get up for a snack and skip the parts that disinterest us, rather than be held hostage by 125 minutes of drive-by clichés."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"[Lumet's] crowning masterpiece."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A film guilty off moral stupidity and misguided hero worship."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Could not be more relevant at a repressive time in US history when the erosion and abuse of civil rights of those presumed guilty is nearly as big an issue as the plight of the innocent."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Lumet orchestrates the machinations with the confidence of a master, but even he cannot quite manage to sustain the interest for the protracted arguments to run their course."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"as everyone knows, putting a self-serious egomaniacal movie star in a bad hairpiece is comedy gold."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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