The Verdict
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In Sidney Lumet's powerful courtroom drama The Verdict, Paul Newman stars as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic Boston lawyer who tries to redeem his personal and professional reputation by winning a difficult medical malpractice case. Frank, down on his luck, is presented with the case of his life when he is approached by the family of a woman who has been left in a coma following an operation in a large Catholic hospital. Helped by his assistant Mickey (Jack Warden), he agrees to take the case, hoping for a fast settlement. When he visits the victim in the hospital, he becomes emotionally… More
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"There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in The Verdict but somehow that isn't enough to make it the compelling film it should be."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sidney Lumet directs effectively, keeping the tension strong, and unfolding David Mamet's intelligent screenplay slowly but with maximum impact."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cynical and gripping courtroom drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"O.K. courtroom drama, electrified by great Newman performance"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Sidney Lumet's direction, like David Mamet's patchy script, may not be quite good enough to justify the Rembrandt-like cinematography of Edward Pisoni and the brooding mood of self-importance, but it's good direction nonetheless."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Count me among those who think the Best Actor Oscar that Paul Newman won for "The Color of Money" was a make-up call. The groundwork was laid right here in "The Verdict," and with the equally accomplished "Absence of Malice" a year earlier."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Paul Newman goes into court a drunken bum and comes out a better man in this superb legal drama about a man finding redemption."
‑ , Film4
"David Mamet's script is a bit theatrical for courtroom drama, but it's Paul Newman's nuanced performance, and the direction of Lumet, who uses silences and pauses as eloquently as dialogue, that distinguish the picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"O roteirista David Mamet provou seu talento inquestionável já em seu segundo longa-metragem - e as magníficas atuações de Newman e Mason elevaram ainda mais seu trabalho."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the brilliance of the form."
‑ , Time Out
"When a movie contains names as Paul Newman, David Mamet and Sidney Lumet, it is hard not to have high hopes. Yet The Verdict meets these aspirations, and in the process presents some of the best work by these three revered figures of American cinema."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Not an action flick by any means, The Verdict is a slow burn from frame one to the end."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Newman gives a brilliant performance in this powerful David and Goliath tale of a sad man's quest for redemption in the face of despair. Newman, director Lumet and the film itself all should have won an Academy Award, but sadly didn't."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Overrated potboiler with preposterously innacurate courtroom scenes. But Newman is great."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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