The Life of David Gale Kevin Spacey plays a defrocked college professor accused of raping and killing a fellow anti-death-penalty advocate, who has three days left before his scheduled execution.… The Life of David Gale Kevin Spacey plays a defrocked college professor accused of raping and killing a fellow anti-death-penalty advocate, who has three days left before his scheduled execution.… 2003-02-21 R PT131M Drama Mystery and Thriller Kevin Spacey Kate Winslet Matt Craven Laura Linney Gabriel Mann Nicolas Cage Alan Parker Universal
Movie Review

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Feb 21, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 131 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet; Distributor: Universal

Kevin Spacey plays a defrocked college professor accused of raping and killing a fellow anti-death-penalty advocate, who has three days left before his scheduled execution. While the central argument -- that an unacknowledged percentage of death-row inmates are innocent -- is compelling, the film is a self-righteous mishmash that can't decide whether to be a tribute to the fanatical leftist passion that thrives in college towns, an indictment of that very same fanaticism, or a ghoulishly didactic snuff-video thriller.

Originally posted Mar 07, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints