Criminal Law (film)

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Criminal Law
Criminal Law.jpg
Directed byMartin Campbell
Produced byHilary Heath,
Robert MacLean
Written byMark Kasdan
StarringGary Oldman,
Kevin Bacon,
Tess Harper,
Karen Young,
and Joe Don Baker
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release datesApril 28, 1989
Running time117 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Criminal Law
Criminal Law.jpg
Directed byMartin Campbell
Produced byHilary Heath,
Robert MacLean
Written byMark Kasdan
StarringGary Oldman,
Kevin Bacon,
Tess Harper,
Karen Young,
and Joe Don Baker
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release datesApril 28, 1989
Running time117 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Criminal Law is 1989 thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. It received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

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Attorney Ben Chase successfully defends Martin Thiel, a wealthy, young, psychotic playboy, getting him acquitted of a series of brutal murders — only to find out later that Thiel is indeed a serial killer. Since Thiel cannot be tried again for his crimes, Chase tries to get him to incriminate himself before he can kill again.

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Reception[edit]

Criminal Law received a decidedly unfavorable reaction from critics, with a 33% "rotten" rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert called the film "a textbook example of a movie going wrong before our very eyes."[1]

The film marks Oldman's first use of an American accent, which was derided by many critics for rendering his dialogue "forced and stilted."[2] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave a scathing appraisal of the performance, writing, "Oldman is a powerhouse...But what's a British actor doing playing a Harvard attorney in a Boston-based movie shot in Montreal? Flailing about like a drowning man, that's what. Oldman's [accent is] laughably in-and-out.[3] Oldman later joked about the review with Travers on Popcorn With Peter Travers in 2011, where Travers stated that Criminal Law featured the only performance of Oldman's that he disliked.[4]

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