Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review
A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.
-Vincent CanbyFull Review
The book moved at turbo speed. At two and a half hours, the movie crawls.
With a screenplay that developed the story more clearly, this might have been a superior movie, instead of just a good one with some fine performances.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Pollack makes a solid job of it, as does Cruise. But solid isn't enough when it comes to thrillers -- or courtroom dramas, for that matter. Solid is great when it comes to office furniture.
-Rita KempleyFull Review
Cruise was born to play company man, and the role is an opportunity to sum up his old roles and transcend them with his most potently emotional work.
-Joe BrownFull Review
Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit.
-John J. PuccioFull Review
Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes.
-Heather BoernerFull Review
This is a professional machine of a movie that compresses huge amounts of information into its two and a half hours of screen time. But it's so weighed down by detail, it fails to generate any real suspense.
This legal thriller is smartly directed and well scripted (by some of Hollywood's top writers), but, alas, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise, playing yet another variation of his screen image.
-Emanuel LevyFull Review
What starts out as interesting becomes increasingly hokey and silly -- Wilford Brimley is ludicrously cast as the firm's senior hit man -- where it should be intense and suspenseful.
Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.
-Wally HammondFull Review
Even Tom Cruise is a winner in a Pollack-Grisham collaboration.
Cruise at the top of his game
Is this a thriller? You've never scene a 'suspense film' drag its heels so deplorably, enlivened only by some colorful character acting.
A first-class thriller and thought-provoking morality play.
-Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatFull Review
The fact that this was a hit proves, once again, that the average IQ is only 100.
It is non-threatening fun, and it is a much better crafted film than what passes for Academy Award Best Picture nomination material these days.
-Robert RotenFull Review
Moderately entertaining... and a big step up from the book.
A riveting drama, continuing to build the star of Cruise.
Slick, highly enjoyable filming of a disposal best seller
Tom Cruise legal thriller is great entertainment; case closed.
-James RocchiFull Review
An exciting thriller; Holly Hunter is fun and Gene Hackman, as always, steals the show.
Grisham's best novel; Grisham's best adaptation.
A taut, suspenseful thriller (more suspenseful than most) with smart characters and great performances, and it stands as the best of Grisham's tales.
-Erik ChildressFull Review