The Gingerbread Man
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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 Janssen), the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan (Daryl Hannah); and caterer Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz). After Mallory finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her crazed father Dixon Doss (Robert Duvall) has been threatening her. Getting too closely involved with… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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?"
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Altman has done something much better: he took what could have been a generic movie, and by investing artistry and effort, he made it into something more."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A pulp melodrama in denial."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Little more than 120 minutes of nifty storm sounds."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Not only does the show drag, it is predictable with a capital P."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"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."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The performances are great."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The unlikely pairing of John Grisham and Robert Altman proves rewarding for both partners."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"It's a pity the director couldn't manage to make sense of the plot, which is like a puzzle with too many missing pieces."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
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