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Criminal Law (1989)




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In this crime-thriller a defense attorney in Boston (Gary Oldman) finds that success has its price when one of the defendants he got acquitted (Kevin Bacon) resumes the killing spree he had started before being accused. Directed by Martin Campbell.

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Gary Oldman
as Ben Chase
Kevin Bacon
as Martin Thiel
Karen Young
as Ellen Faulkner
Joe Don Baker
as Det. Mesel
Tess Harper
as Detective Stillwell
Ron Lea
as Gary Hull
Karen Woolridge
as Claudia Curwen
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Dr. Sybil Thiel
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Prof. Clemens
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Critic Reviews for Criminal Law

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Criminal Law is a textbook example of a movie going wrong before our very eyes, because of the curious failure of the filmmakers to realize that you can toy with an audience only so long before the audience grows resentful.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The pretentious psychological thriller has nothing worth saying about the American criminal justice system.

November 17, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Oldman's good, and Bacon's bad? Yeah, you know you want to see that

September 17, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Worth seeing for for the leading-man role reversal ... plus it's always great to see Bacon play a bastard.

July 27, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Criminal Law

I was expecting alot more for a film that featured both Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. They both did a great job in their roles - Gary as a defense atty. who manages to get his client (Bacon) acquitted of murder; and then finds out his client is guilty. Bacon is great at doing creepy. I just thought the story was long and tedious in some places and quite predictable.

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

Super Reviewer


Gary Oldman as a good guy!

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Gary Oldman gives a strong performance in this suspense-thriller as an attorney who successfully defends accused killer Kevin Bacon. At first, the film bristles with tension and intelligence, yet it goes on to become predictable and ludicrous.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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