By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:53 AM EDT

The Life of David Gale

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  • Movie
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Kevin Spacey plays a defrocked college professor accused of raping and killing a fellow anti-death-penalty advocate, who has three days left before his scheduled execution. While the central argument — that an unacknowledged percentage of death-row inmates are innocent — is compelling, the film is a self-righteous mishmash that can’t decide whether to be a tribute to the fanatical leftist passion that thrives in college towns, an indictment of that very same fanaticism, or a ghoulishly didactic snuff-video thriller.

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The Life of David Gale

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • R
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  • 131 minutes
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