The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man (1997)

Robert Altman directed this John Grisham tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder (Kenneth Branagh) celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The partygoers include his ex-wife Leeanne (Famke… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 11, 2000
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27%


Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Robert Altman the up-and- down director meets John Grisham the constant mediocrity. Just where, in our hypothetical picture, should we place that unlikely scene?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Unless one counts a few running gibes against lawyers that can easily be imagined coming from Grisham, Altman basically chooses to treat this hackneyed story straight.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots, through screens, bushes and sheets of rain, and Chungwei's images, sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh, stick with you long after you've forgotten their context.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key.

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A pulp melodrama in denial.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

If you like movies more than you do John Grisham, you can leave the story behind and listen to the filmmaking master class that Altman conducts on the screen.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

That it seems a step up from sensationalism is because Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

The performances are great.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.
Michael S
Sadly very underrated.
Steven Carrier
There is so much wrong with "The Gingerbread Man" that it's no wonder Robert Altman was threatening to disown the film upon it's release.… More
Jeffrey Meyers
One of the more interesting films I've seen lately, The Gingerbread Man is an above-average thriller, made so by the excellent direction of Robert Altman,… More
Luke Baldock
Altman concocts what may have been a good thriller, but forgets to add the thrills. This is certainly not his genre. Why show us somebody trying to make a phone… More
John Ballantine
People suggested that Altman mailed one in for this film which was viewed as being an attempt to make some money with a mainstream film but I really enjoyed the… More

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