Physical Evidence
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Though this police and courtroom drama did not do well at the box-office, some reviewers thought that the lead performances by Burt Reynolds and Theresa Russell were first-rate. Joe Paris (Reynolds) is a policeman suspended from active duty. He awakens from an alcoholic binge to discover that he is being charged for a murder he has no memory of. Jenny Hudson (Russell) is his court-appointed defense lawyer, a young feminist eager to prove herself in the courtroom. After some initial difficulties, the two cooperate to unravel the tangled circumstances behind the murder. Michael Crichton directed… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So choppily assembled none of the various clues and innumerable suspects ever seem to lead anywhere."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The problem is that there is no chemistry at all between Reynolds and Russell; they stand near each other and speak words of emotion, but there's not much light in their eyes and they don't budge the needle on the romantic voltmeter."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Reynolds' performance as a tough former cop accused of murder is the best thing about this mediocre Jagged Edge wannabe."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"One more nail in Reynolds' cinematic coffin"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The case is crazy with clues, fights, new characters who fail to detain the attention, and all-important tapes containing something or other. The resolution is rubbish."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A showcase for Russell's amateurism, the director's ineptitude and the screenwriter's clogged pen."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"I'm optimistic when it comes to spending a rainy Sunday with one of Michael Crichton's books, but I'd be far less excited to see another of his films."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
‑ Christopher Null,
"Mr. Reynolds has appeared in a long string of stinkers in recent years, but this time, the trouble isn't his fault."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Reynolds' work is top-flight, making it all the more a shame that this vastly underrated film was a flop as a theatrical release."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...what on earth was [Michael Crichton] thinking when he agreed to helm this mess?"
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Never for a minute do we think Burt Reynolds might be guilty, and even harder to swallow is that he and Russell could even like each other, much less become lovers."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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