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Jonathan Demme

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About the Movie

Hailed as a landmark film that dazzles with deep emotion and exceptional acting, Philadelphia stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as two competing lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. And as their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Philadelphia" mostly succeeds in being forceful, impassioned and moving, sometimes even rising to the full range of emotion that its subject warrants. But too often, even at its most assertive, it works in safely predictable ways. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Oct 24, 2011

Fresh: [An] extremely well-made message picture about tolerance, justice and discrimination is pitched at mainstream audiences, befitting its position as the first major Hollywood film to directly tackle the disease. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Oct 24, 2011

Fresh: Philadelphia may not be the film Demme's fans expect--its emotionalism is unfiltered by cool. But it has the power to open more than a few blinkered hearts. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 13, 2015

Rotten: This AIDS courtroom drama is so pumped full of nitrous oxide, you could get your teeth drilled on it. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Sep 9, 2002

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Customer Reviews

Highly Recommended

Somewhat controversial (even now) in its time, and at times heart-wrenching. This is the kind of movie everyone should see. I'm not ignorant of aids/hiv as a family member of mine continues to suffer from the latter as he has for years, but I feel that this could have really been a bit more of an eye opener for those of us who are intolerant if we would first just take down the barriers within our lives that promote ignorance, intolerance, apathy, and hatred. Some of the things most wrong with our world today and in centuries past. Superb acting and writing. Superb movie. I take pride in owning this, sharing it with others, and watching again and again.


I won't say this is the best movie ever however it is indeed a must see. Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are spectacular, and the story is incredible, also the music in there is amazing I recomend you check out Philadelphia and Streets of Philadelphia in the soundtrack.


This is a really great vehicle for all the stars. Dezell Washignton was outstanding as was Tom Hanks and the supporting cast. I have this as part of my collection and would have purchased it if iTunes had given me the option. I am really getting to the point of not wanting to open these tabs because of that. The company needs to rethink this policy. While it may allow greater consumer options, I doubt that but..., I dislike the lack of choice.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1993

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