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The Pelican Brief Reviews

February 9, 2018
Pakula's always had a cool style, tending toward solemnity, but let's face it, All the President's Men this movie is not. You wish he'd have a little more fun with the pulpy material.
March 30, 2009
It's too bad that Pakula allows this 1993 movie to dawdle after its climax, but prior to that he's adept at suggesting unseen menace and keeping things in motion.
November 5, 2008
Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intelligent thriller that succeeds on almost every level.
February 9, 2006
An old hand at this sort of thing, Pakula goes through the motions, but not much more.
May 20, 2003
As the film piles on shovelfuls of further exposition, Mr. Washington and Ms. Roberts are left to look terrific and recite perfunctory lines.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
A brightly wrapped, ketchup-drenched mush-burger, it slides down the Zeitgeist esophagus like a slippery McPelican. You pay, you swallow, you drive home. You're left with nothing except, possibly, heartburn.
January 1, 2000
A clever device to take your mind off your problems for 141 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An unnecessarily-long thriller that contains far more talking than action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C-