The Client
The Client (1994)

A sterling cast headed by Oscar-nominated Susan Sarandon makes this slick thriller one of the better adaptations of a John Grisham bestseller. Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) witnesses the suicide of a Mafia lawyer, who confesses that the Mob was… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 20, 1994
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

You know, there are more exciting trials on free TV.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It twists and turns in all the expected places, and almost never rises above the ordinary.

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Emanuel Levy

Susan Sarandon, the emotional center of the narrative, received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing a recovered alcoholic laywer who interacts with the boy as a surrogate mother and a pro.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's a successful frame-turner, no more, no less, and the pleasure we feel is every bit as mild and just as fleeting.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Mindless, non-taxing fun, especially if you haven't read the book.

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

An engrossing potboiler ... if you don't think too hard. But when you need a pot-smoking Lez Zeppelin-enslaved swamp rat-with-a-brain to plead your case, you call the pitch-perfect Susan Sarandon.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A high-voltage charge of suspense, action and humor.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not as satisfying as it should be.

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Fred Topel

Boring cliche Grisham movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I've been a fan of this ever since I was a kid, and back then, I was really in love with it, even though some of it went over my head, and I might have… More
Film Crazy
i really enjoyed this movie it has a fantastic cast with some of my favourite actors and actresses, i found this movie funny , compelling on the seat tension… More
danny d
pretty good court room drama
Cassandra Maples
"The Client" is an enjoyable and well executed thriller overall. While the directing, script and overall product are far from amazing and sometimes… More
Conner Rainwater
Actually one of the only John Grisham novels that I've liked and this was definitely the best movie adaption. There's some great performances from… More
Lenny Muggsy
Let's throw in a plethora of mediocre actors for Schumacher to control.