Mockingjack’s review published on Letterboxd:
The pelican brief has some genuine great thriller moments. A few things that scare, a few things that have you at the edge of your seat. Not to mention, great performances from both Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
What doesn’t always work is the way the story is presented. It’s very wordy and at times I struggled to follow everything. It’s a classic “show dont tell” scenario. The film would’ve also benefitted from a bit of trimming. It has at least 20 min that isn’t necessary to the plot and would’ve made it’s runtime more effective.
Generally, it’s a fun thriller that’s nice for a first watch especially.