Benjamin Nason’s review published on Letterboxd:
Haven't watched this since it came out and like everybody else at the time I too had read the book and remember enjoying the movie but feeling massively underwhelmed by it. Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of Eastwood as a director. He has a handful or so of films I think are good to great and the rest I don't care for. This falls somewhere in the good category with a tug at times that reminds why I don't like a lot of his directorial efforts, the choices he makes.
I like the pacing of this a lot. Easy going, almost a hangout affair. Which fits nicely with the socio-geographic setting. Cusack's character is almost pointless and you can feel the forced immersion of something created specifically for the movie that didn't exist in the book. New protagonist means a character arc that mostly detracts from the interesting part of the story, the crime and the people involved. I think ultimately Eastwood was all wrong for this. Quirky, idiosyncratic characters are treated like oddities for the straight world to ogle and/or find cute. The south itself is like a novelty here and the whole voodoo aspect is folded right into that. And then there's everything with Spacey that certainly hasn't aged well.
A mixed that I'm sure won't change for me anytime soon.