Parents' Guide to

A Civil Action

By Corrina Antrobus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Moody courtroom drama shows a human side to the law.

Movie PG-13 1998 115 minutes
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Brilliantly understated performances, flashes of wit and a heartbreaking true story aren't quite enough to make this movie memorable. A Civil Action works hard to give us some imaginative storytelling against a morality tale backdrop, not to mention some delicate character-building in the absence of any character backstories. Yet it aches for a little more care in its conclusion, which falls a little flat.

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