Primal Fear

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Paramount Released 1996

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Director:
Gregory Hoblit
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer (Richard Gere) who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy (Edward Norton) accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A tight courtroom melodrama that serves up twist after twist like so many baffling knuckle balls, this film handles its suspenseful material with skill and style.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The major jolt is saved for the very end but, like much else in the film, it is overexplained and underlined when more simplicity and quiet would have provided the revelation with ...

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ruthless killing, corruption, secrets and lies, Thrillers, characters with hidden agendas