While I think the film has some clumsy and preachy, on-the-nose moments, there's a lot more to it that makes it an undeniable classic. First of all, it's a prime candidate for the best ensemble performance in film history. Secondly, it holds up remarkably well to repeat viewings: not only does it lose none of the tension, each viewing reveals a new layer to the direction and the writing and the characters.
what we say not always go together with the truth. as a matter of fact even more rarely we even give a thorough considerations and thinking on the very nature of the truth. wonderful movie not only story-wise but also in terms of acting & camera work. one of those works that manages to engage one's mind in seeing things from much broader perspectives &leaves a significant mark in the whole movie-watching experience.
4.5 stars. Just as Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is an inspiration to defence lawyers, Juror 8 should be an inspiration for anyone who serves upon a jury. It is a tribute to the searing integrity of the film (not to mention its dramatic intensity!) that I watched it a decade-and-a-half ago and can still remember scenes and moments from it vividly. Classic Hollywood cinema at its most necessary.
A flawless masterpiece - absolute perfection for the "type of film" it's striving to be. Yet another example for how great Lumet was as a filmmaker. You could actually make a hell of a argument for why this film deserves to make the list for the top 25 greatest directorial debuts ever in cinema... and thats not a exaggeration.
Un autentico capolavoro dialogico fatto e compiuto. La trasformazione di una piccola pulce nell'orecchio da ragionevole dubbio a dichiarazione di sicura innocenza, forse. La regia calza a pennello con le esigenze narrative e la sceneggiature è precisissima, non un parola risulta superflua. Lumet ancora una volta colpevole di aver insegnato cinema.