Reversal of Fortune
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This film is a darkly humorous, determinedly ambiguous adaptation of Alan Dershowitz's book about his successful legal appeal of Claus von Bulow's conviction for the attempted murder of his wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow. Sunny (Glenn Close) -- who remains in a "persistent vegetative state" resulting from a suspicious injection of insulin -- narrates the film, summarizing the first murder trial, which ended with Claus (Jeremy Irons) convicted and released on bail pending appeal. Claus approaches Harvard Law professor Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to handle the case.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There is a high degree of sometimes shocking intelligence running through Reversal of Fortune."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Gripping drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In his black satire, Kazan and Schroeder go beyond issues of guilt and morality, exposing and contesting the stereotypes of an Odd Couple: Von Bulow as rich, arrogant Eurotrash who needs thw work of a bright, hardworking and sweaty Jewish laywer."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Reversal of Fortune is one of those rare films that deals with class difference in supposedly classless America, which makes for an unusually provocative tragicomedy of (bad) manners."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What it all adds up to is something the film never quite seems prepared to address, but this is a fascinating look at all the secondary questions."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Reversal of Fortune is an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Director Schroeder takes the 'did-he didn't-he' conundrum surrounding Claus von Bülow and makes it the film's greatest virtue, with Irons mesmerising."
‑ , Film4
"Here's the movie that made Jeremy Irons such a memorable villain."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Compelling portrayal from Irons (who sounds like Boris Karloff)"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is a strange, unsatisfactory mixture of satire and docudrama which engages the mind and leaves the emotions intact."
‑ , Time Out
"What happened? Who knows? The movie's strength is its ability to tantalize, to turn the case this way and that, so that the light of evidence falls in one way and then another. You tell me."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a movie rich in moral ambiguities and one which should thoroughly please voyeurs and detective story enthusiasts alike."
‑ Robyn Karney, Empire Magazine
"intriguing and surprisingly gripping"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"reconstructs the infamous von Bulow scandal and makes it more mystifying than ever by presenting it as a real-life 'Rashomon.' As a result, Claus' defenders may question their position after seeing the film, but his critics may have some moments of self-d"
‑ James Sanford, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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