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Anatomy of a Murder

drama, thrillers


When his flirtatious young wife (Lee Remick) claims she was raped, an army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara)kills her attacker and hires small-town lawyer James Stewart to defend him.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    100%
  • Audience Score
    91%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It is the best courtroom melodrama this old judge has ever seen.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: Otto at the top of his game.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Atypical of Hollywood court dramas of the era, Preminger's masterpiece is marked by moral ambiguity, dark visuals (b/w cinematography), great performance from Jimmy Stewart as a "loser" lawyer, one of the longest court trials, and objective camera.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Blinding. Once again, Preminger pushes the envelope and produces one of the first films to deal with rape, ejaculation and the plead of insanity. Stewart is our golden boy here, leading a stellar cast who more than acquit themselves (Scott, Remick, Gazzara). Preminger spares no detail, and keeps the camerawork sure and steady, making this two-and-a-half hour drama mostly set in one room highly satisfying. Highly recommended.

- guttersnipe28, Wednesday, October 4, 2006

5 stars

Completely blew me away.

- brandonklaus2, Sunday, January 31, 2010

5 stars

This is a phenomenally crafted drama that avoids almost every possible cliche of the genre. It explores morally gray areas, and the story is suitably occupied with characters who are not written as "good" or "bad". James Stewart, as usual, is phenomenal in the lead role, providing the undoubtedly long film with the energy it needs. This is just about as close to perfect as movies get.

- michaelcorleone, Tuesday, December 2, 2008