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
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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
"Yoiks!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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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