Reversal of Fortune
Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Barbet Schroeder's fact-based drama stars Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bulow, the infamous New York socialite accused of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Glenn Close) with an overdose of insulin. (She slipped into a coma instead.) Ron… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There is a high degree of sometimes shocking intelligence running through Reversal of Fortune.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gripping drama.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What it all adds up to is something the film never quite seems prepared to address, but this is a fascinating look at all the secondary questions.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Reversal of Fortune is an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.


Director Schroeder takes the 'did-he didn't-he' conundrum surrounding Claus von Bülow and makes it the film's greatest virtue, with Irons mesmerising.

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Time Out

This is a strange, unsatisfactory mixture of satire and docudrama which engages the mind and leaves the emotions intact.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What happened? Who knows? The movie's strength is its ability to tantalize, to turn the case this way and that, so that the light of evidence falls in one way and then another. You tell me.

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Robyn Karney
Empire Magazine

This is a movie rich in moral ambiguities and one which should thoroughly please voyeurs and detective story enthusiasts alike.

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A passable TV drama that fails to focus on one specific genre, and offers a mixture of thriller, mystery & a bit of courtroom drama. The conventional… More
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