The Verdict
The Verdict (1982)

In Sidney Lumet's powerful courtroom drama The Verdict, Paul Newman stars as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic Boston lawyer who tries to redeem his personal and professional reputation by winning a difficult medical malpractice case. Frank,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 1982
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This is realistic American film acting at its veristic/imaginative best.

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Time Out

The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the brilliance of the form.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

When a movie contains names as Paul Newman, David Mamet and Sidney Lumet, it is hard not to have high hopes. Yet The Verdict meets these aspirations, and in the process presents some of the best work by these three revered figures of American cinema.

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Variety Staff

There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in The Verdict but somehow that isn't enough to make it the compelling film it should be.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine.

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TV Guide

Sidney Lumet directs effectively, keeping the tension strong, and unfolding David Mamet's intelligent screenplay slowly but with maximum impact.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sidney Lumet's direction, like David Mamet's patchy script, may not be quite good enough to justify the Rembrandt-like cinematography of Edward Pisoni and the brooding mood of self-importance, but it's good direction nonetheless.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Count me among those who think the Best Actor Oscar that Paul Newman won for "The Color of Money" was a make-up call. The groundwork was laid right here in "The Verdict," and with the equally accomplished "Absence of Malice" a year earlier.

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Paul Newman goes into court a drunken bum and comes out a better man in this superb legal drama about a man finding redemption.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A great, and somewhat realistic portrayal of an anguished alcoholic lawyer trying to get justice and do good for once in a long while. James Mason was… More
Melvin White
Judge Hoyle: It seems to me, a fellow's trying to come back, he'd take the settlement, get a record for himself. I, myself. would take it and run like… More
Red Lats
It is always uplifting to see the underdog come out ahead. The acting is great - only the law seems an ass.
Dan Schultz
A solid, entertaining legal thriller concerning a beat-up veteran lawyer (Paul Newman) looking for redemption from his alcoholism-driven ways, and finds it in a… More
Josh Morris
The Verdict is one of the finest courtroom dramas ever filmed, the only reason I've given it less than the full stars is that the plot has some convenient… More
Saskia D.
If you've seen Hud and Cool Hand Luke you'll understand that he's cut out for this part as a drunk who's trying to save his career as a… More