Absence Of Malice
Absence Of Malice (1981)

In this legal drama from director Sydney Pollack, Sally Field stars as Megan, an ambitious newpaper reporter who, based on information from FBI investigator Rosen, played by Bob Balaban, writes a scathing article that implicates Gallagher,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 19, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Absence of Malice does not invalidate All the President's Men. But with entertainment values -- and a moral sense -- every bit as high as that film's, it observes that there is an underside to journalistic gallantry.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I not only liked this movie despite its factual and ethical problems -- I'm not even so sure they matter so much to most viewers.

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TV Guide

A solid, absorbing drama.

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Variety Staff

A splendidly disturbing look at the power of sloppy reporting to inflict harm on the innocent.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

What Mr. Pollack's movies lack in momentum, they make up for in quiet gravity.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Well-meaning liberal message story.

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Time Out

Impeccably liberal in its orientation to 'issues,' his avoids the excesses of Stanley Kramer-like telegraphy, only to come up looking aesthetically wet.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The picture has a smug, demoralizing sense of pervasive corruption.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite good intentions, this uneven drama might disturb women as the journalist played by Sally Field is not only irresponsible but also not very bright; Paul Newman compensates with a strong turn.

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Conner Rainwater
Understandably, this is considered one of the greatest movies about journalism. I think it is mostly due to the fact that it takes an even position on both… More
Jennifer Xu
Despite the star-studded cast, this is neither an interesting or well-made movie. Sydney Pollack (RIP) and Paul Newman (RIP! =(), you can't win every time.
Aj V
A great journalism drama/thriller with great actors, it's even pretty exciting for the most part. If you like movies about journalism, I highly recommend… More
John Ballantine
Go off and see it! I think TBS or one of the other stations has been running it every hour for the last week. Sometimes I have been disappointed with Sydney… More
Chris Garman
Absence of Malice is another one of those early '80's news/courtroom dramas where people have to face what's legal and what's moral. The… More
Chris Browning
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