The Firm
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In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South. Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The first in a long series of unsatisfying Grisham adaptations."
‑ , Film4
"Even Tom Cruise is a winner in a Pollack-Grisham collaboration."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"This legal thriller is smartly directed and well scripted (by some of Hollywood's top writers), but, alas, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise, playing yet another variation of his screen image."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cruise at the top of his game"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The book moved at turbo speed. At two and a half hours, the movie crawls."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This is a professional machine of a movie that compresses huge amounts of information into its two and a half hours of screen time. But it's so weighed down by detail, it fails to generate any real suspense."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What starts out as interesting becomes increasingly hokey and silly -- Wilford Brimley is ludicrously cast as the firm's senior hit man -- where it should be intense and suspenseful."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Is this a thriller? You've never scene a 'suspense film' drag its heels so deplorably, enlivened only by some colorful character acting."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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