Witness for the Prosecution
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A slew of terrific performances help to elevate Wilder's twist-ridden courtroom drama above your standard fare in the genre."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie: What's not to like?"
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour."
‑ , Time Out
"Every time the story strays from Sir Wilfrid, the interest level goes down a notch. Fortunately for the viewer, it doesn't get away from him very long at any point."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous."
‑ , Film4
"Wilder plays the suspense well, but this movie belongs to Laughton, who makes his every line resonate like music and thunder."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Witness for the Prosecution is a witty, terse adaptation of the Agatha Christie hit play brought to the screen with ingenuity and vitality by Billy Wilder."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax..."
‑ , Variety
"Witness For The Prosecution has the pace and patience of live theater, but not the look. Wilder doesn't get overly flashy with camera moves and angles, but he does shift positioning subtly and effectively."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This Oscar-nominated courtroom drama represents Billy Wilder at his most theatrical and old-fashioned, but the saga is enjoyable and so is the acting of all-star cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Too much artificiality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's got enough unpredictable twists of its own to satisfy even Judge Judy's appetite for justice."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
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