Reversal of Fortune
Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Barbet Schroeder's fact-based drama stars Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bulow, the infamous New York socialite accused of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Glenn Close) with an overdose of insulin. (She slipped into a coma instead.) Ron… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring exceptional performances and a cunning script, Reversal of Fortune doubles as a tantalizing mystery and ruthless satire of the rich.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

TV might make cautionary stick figures of Claus and Sunny. Reversal of Fortune treats them as if they were Noel Coward lovers gone to hell in a Lamborghini.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The trial of Claus von Bulow has been turned into more of a rumination on the American criminal justice system with a strong focus on celebrity defense counsel.

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Matthew Lucas
From the Front Row

As distant and icy as Jeremy Irons' Oscar-winning performance as suspected murderer Claus von Bülow, but like Irons' inscrutable steeliness, it's also endlessly compelling.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Irons' Von Bulow is easily the most attractive and entertaining movie heavy since James Mason`s villain in North by Northwest, a figure with whom he shares a taste for elegant homes and wry understatement.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This brilliant and outrageously entertaining film is a meticulous reenactment of one of the great dark-side-of-the-privileged sagas of our time.

Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

Enormously entertaining.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, director Barbet Schroeder and, especially, Jeremy Irons--in a glittering performance as the divinely decadent Dane--have chosen to treat this social death spiral as a tragicomedy of manners. It's an inspired tone.

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Variety Staff

It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story.

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Rick Chatenever
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Despite Silver's great energy, what's missing from the picture are the kind of insights necessary to explain any of the film's characters, including himself, in human terms.

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