Nuts (1987)

High-priced hooker Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) has been arrested for the murder of one of her clients. The attorney engaged by Claudia's parents hopes to cop an insanity plea so that she can avoid a trial and manslaughter… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 20, 1987
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Streisand produced, developed the script, and composed most of the music for this showpiece, and her efforts, as usual, pay off, above all in her angry and lively performance.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It wants to be a movie with a message, but in the end it's just a melodrama.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Nuts is a treat on so many levels that Streisand, who also produced the film, should be especially proud. When Academy Award nominations are announced in February, her excellent performance is bound to be recognized.

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Time Out

Streisand's a star, which means your complicity is on call at all times. In the shade, Dreyfuss is terrific, banking down his natural cockiness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Nuts is essentially just a futile exercise in courtroom cliches, surrounding a good performance that doesn't fit.

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Octavi Marti
El Pais (Spain)

The movie makes the big mistake of turning the actors into commentators, offering verbal support to images that are reality. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film is almost entirely adrift.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's Hollywood manipulation at its best.

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Pam Mitchell

Its dialogue, cliched and lacking subtlety, constantly threatens to reduce the whole production to cheap melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
It was slightly unbelievable for me since if I'd such a client to defend who is not willing to co-operate the least, I don't think I'd touch that… More
Dean McKenna
Really powerful and intelligent film based on Tom Topor's Broadway play as this is a highly charged drama that raises some uneasy questions. This is a film… More