July 23, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Translating a best-selling novel like The Firm into a movie always causes controversy. Seven of the 55 subscribers we surveyed had both seen the film and read the book; though most liked the movie, they were divided over its altered ending. Readers’ Grade: B+

”Tom Cruise is always better than I expect, because I don’t like him.”
Barbara Gabrielson
Carmel, Calif.

”In the book, (McDeere) had an affair with the woman on the beach. I expected the scene to be a little more explicit and it was kind of toned down. ”
Cathy Gross
Oshkosh, Wis.

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