New York Times - 06/30/1993
"...Physically elaborate, the cinematic equivalent of the book's relentlessly descriptive prose..."
Variety - 07/12/1993
"...A very smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller....[The] supporting cast is stellar indeed..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/09/1993
"...It's a pleasure to watch these flamboyant performers chew on their lines..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/30/1993
"...The movie is virtually an anthology of good small character performances....A late, tricky scene between Hackman and Tripplehorn is like a master class in acting..."
Total Film - 02/01/2012 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cruise is at his winsome best, surrounded by a barrage of fine character performances from Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and David Strathairn..."
Sydney Pollack directs Tom Cruise in this fast-paced legal thriller based on John Grisham's best-selling novel. Lured by extraordinary financial perks, Mitch McDeere, a young and hungry Harvard Law student, turns down offers at the top law firms to take a position at a small but wealthy Memphis firm. Mitch, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks fueled by ambition and greed, ignores his wife Abby's initial misgivings about the suspiciously paternalistic practices of his new employers. It's only when two of his fellow lawyers die in a mysterious accident that Mitch begins to share her apprehensions. He then launches an investigation into the true nature of the firm and discovers that it is a front for a complex and sinister web of organized crime, one from which no lawyer has managed to escape alive. Solid storytelling and fine performances bring this seemingly improbable situation straight into reality.