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High-priced hooker Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) has been arrested for the murder of one of her clients. The attorney engaged by Claudia's parents hopes to cop an insanity plea so that she can avoid a trial and manslaughter conviction. But she refuses this, citing a proviso in New York law that may result in her spending the rest of her life in an institution. Against all odds, struggling lawyer Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) tries to prove that Claudia is not crazy and is capable of standing trial. He certainly has his work cut out for him; from what we've seen in the film thus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Streisand produced, developed the script, and composed most of the music for this showpiece, and her efforts, as usual, pay off, above all in her angry and lively performance."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It wants to be a movie with a message, but in the end it's just a melodrama."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"All of the secondary roles are well cast, and Martin Ritt's direction is as good as it can be, considering the script's limitations."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nuts is a gutsy movie about a woman who refuses to submit to the purposes, fantasies or needs of others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A surprisingly compelling courtroom drama, which only lapses into Hollywood gloss at the end when Streisand delivers a mannered, close-up monologue."
‑ , Film4
"Streisand's a star, which means your complicity is on call at all times. In the shade, Dreyfuss is terrific, banking down his natural cockiness."
‑ , Time Out
"Nuts is essentially just a futile exercise in courtroom cliches, surrounding a good performance that doesn't fit."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Misfire with Streisand doesn't know if it's funny or pitiful. But it IS depressing."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Leslie Nielsen in his panties is more engaging than the entire remainder of this horrid bore."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Other Ritt films have been manipulative, but at least they have been so in good cause."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"The film is almost entirely adrift."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's Hollywood manipulation at its best."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Underated movie with great performances by Streisand and Dreyfuss."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The actors mostly acquit themselves, but let's face it - the material itself should have been condemned."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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