The Firm
The Firm (1993)

In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a completely passable adaptation that never quite becomes the classic legal thriller it wants to be.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit.

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Todd McCarthy

A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The book moved at turbo speed. At two and a half hours, the movie crawls.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
It was okay. Way too long at 2 1/2 hours, though.
Steven Carrier
Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" is John Grisham 101. This is a crisp, clean legal thriller that hits all the proper points (murder, cat and mouse… More
Alex roy
I was looking forward to seeing this film, and I thought it was going to be an excellent thriller. After viewing it, I thought it was a good thriller at best.… More
Melvin White
I really enjoyed The Firm. Much of the criticism comes from the fact that it is overlong and boring. For me, the movie was never boring and it was fun watching… More
Conner Rainwater
If there is ever one movie that showcases the hotshot version of Tom Cruise, it's The Firm. I'll admit that I never really saw a whole lot in it when… More
Dan Schultz
A pulse-less, predictable, and rather disappointing "thriller" from writer John Grisham and director Sidney Pollack, concerning a young lawyer (Tom… More