Gene Lyons
February 21, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Runaway Jury

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
128 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/17/03
performer
John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Beals, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Nick Searcy
director
Gary Fleder
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Brian Koppelman, David Levien
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

Celeste Wood is suing the cigarette manufacturers she claims caused her husband’s death; it’s Rankin Fitch’s job to investigate would-be jurors for the tobacco companies. The only one he can’t figure is Nicholas Easter, whose true identity and motives are long withheld from the reader. While this generates considerable suspense in The Runaway Jury, it also adds to the book’s main problem — a lack of clearly sympathetic characters.

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