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Runaway Jury Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Only slightly more slick and slightly less edgy than past John Grisham adaptations.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This story of 12 manipulable -- or manipulative -- men and women rarely fails to hold your interest, even though much of it doesn't hold water.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie hums along with a kind of sublime craftsmanship, fueled by the consistent performances of Hackman and Hoffman (in their first film together), the remarkable ease of John Cusack (the most relaxed and natural of actors since Robert Mitchum), and the juicy typecasting in the supporting roles.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Like a juicy steak served to a man suffering on a diet of micro-greens and tofu, Runaway Jury will be devoured by fans of movie melodramas.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The already heavy-footed clomp of Grisham's declamatory storytelling style has been given an extra-thick-soled, wing-tipped, liberal-leaning, reality-tampering kick thanks to a screenplay credited to four writers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Legal thriller isn't aimed at kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is really not a kid movie subject-wise unless they're already fans of John Grisham. It has some violent and very tense moments, opening with a tragic shooting (off-camera) and describing another. The movie's theme is gun control. There's a violent video game. Characters smoke and drink (one has a drinking problem) and use strong language. A character attempts suicide. Many of the characters in the movie are ruthless and unethical.

  • Families can talk about gun control, video games, alcoholism -- there's lots to discuss. Of particular interest would be any jury duty experiences and how they compare to the movie's (exaggerated) depiction of the corruption of the jury system.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Theme of gun violence. Characters in peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situation, reference to adultery and abortion.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.

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