Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Jeremy Irons won an Academy Award for his performance in this crime mystery based on the true story of a wealthy socialite who hires brilliant law professor Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to help overturn his convictions for the attempted murder of his wife (Glenn Close). Director Barbet Schroeder was nominated for an Oscar, as was screenwriter Nicholas Kazan for adapting Dershowitz' book.

1990Rating: PG, Coarse language111 minsUSA, Japan, UK
DramaMysteryTrue Story & Biography

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"Reversal of Fortune" is above all a triumph of tone. The director, Barbet Schroeder, and the writer, Nicholas Kazan, have not made a docudrama or a sermon, but a film about personalities.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Schroeder’s spellbinder is a potent anomaly: a feeling film about the lack of feeling that defined an era.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The filmmakers are having a marvelous time rich-bashing.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Irons's canny performance dominates the film. He plays the role with apparent frankness and dignity rather than melodramatic villainy, and Schroeder's camera frames him in isolation to convey his bleakness and solitude.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"Reversal of Fortune" is above all a triumph of tone. The director, Barbet Schroeder, and the writer, Nicholas Kazan, have not made a docudrama or a sermon, but a film about personalities.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Schroeder’s spellbinder is a potent anomaly: a feeling film about the lack of feeling that defined an era.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The filmmakers are having a marvelous time rich-bashing.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Irons's canny performance dominates the film. He plays the role with apparent frankness and dignity rather than melodramatic villainy, and Schroeder's camera frames him in isolation to convey his bleakness and solitude.

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