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The Verdict

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1982


A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

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The Verdict Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1982 | 2 wins including: Best Director

Writers Guild of America

1983 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

Neither subtle nor simplistic, Lumet and screenwriter David Mamet invariably recognize the human side of corruption and criminality as well as redemption. In The Verdict, they combine the Higgins-esque backslapping duplicity and the blue-collar rectitude (think Spotlight) of the Boston Irish warp to tell a satisfyingly believable—and sordid—courtroom underdog story.
January 20, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film The Verdict

    Three things: 1) Master director at the top of his form; 2) as uncompromising and not-very-glamorous a performance from a Hollywood star of the oldschool as you are ever likely to see (Fonda in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST notwithstanding); 3) screenplay that imparts information in a remarkably sophisticated manner (at least for awhile). Will say, though: the Mata Hari business is a bit of a hard swallow (and lame).

  • Mugino's rating of the film The Verdict

    Typically, there's an artifice to courtroom dramas: they rely too much on machinations of the case to manufacture tension, much like sports movies that depend entirely on the thrill of the endgame. Here we're blessed instead with Paul Newman, whose face can reveal a change in motive without uttering a single word. Frank Galvin is the story, not the case, which makes this cinema, not Court TV.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Verdict

    Among the very best of the courtroom/ legal drama genre. Lumet is godlike here and Newman gives one of his very best efforts here, which is saying a lot. A great film.

  • Caitlin's rating of the film The Verdict

    Paul Newman gives a monumental performance in this film about a lawyer who gradually develops a profound moral conscience.

  • DenoResandono's rating of the film The Verdict

    THE VERDICT maybe looks as same as other courtroom drama. This movie tells about some ordinary people versus people with great power. But in THE VERDICT, director Sidney Lumet gave a different perspective. The main hero in this movie showed his weaknesses. And showed it a lot more than his advantages. But we know he's the man we can rely on. Thanks to Paul Newman's electrifying performance. I f*cking loved this movie

  • Nolan Barth's rating of the film The Verdict

    With films like Network, Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men under his belt Sidney Lumet has quite the career. However, with "The Verdict" Lumet might have managed to make his best film yet! Newman gives an great performance. He is vulnerable and weak, but at the same time he has a strange strength. It also helps that this film is very reminiscent of one of my favorite films Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder!

  • Dalibor's rating of the film The Verdict

    Quite common premise of an off-course lawyer opposing the unjust judicial system is presented in two ways. By an equally common script, however impeccably paced, missing a few targets. And by director's genuine craftsmanship, creating space, characters and tension through unobtrusive but constantly ambitious camera-work.

  • truffraud's rating of the film The Verdict

    the cons: frank galvin is... underwhelming and his charm wanes. the silent, brooding, wünderkind alcoholic schtick gets old after the first 30 minutes. i really dislike that laura fischer (rampling) is essentially galvin's mirror. the pros: incredible shots (pay attention to camera angle when you watch it), a gripping story with ample pathos. overall: a finely crafted product that could've done more.

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