Criminal Justice - Series 2 2009

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All five episodes from the second series of the BBC crime drama starring Maxine Peake and Matthew MacFadyen. Joe Miller (MacFadyen) is a barrister at the height of his professional powers. He is married to the fragile Juliet (Peake), isolated at home with her 13-year-old daughter Ella (Alice Sykes) and subject to sexually violent attacks by her husband. When Juliet stabs Joe in their bed one night, a chain of events is set in motion that takes them on an uncompromising journey through the ins and outs of the criminal justice system.

Starring:
Matthew MacFadyen, Steven Mackintosh
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Product Details

Discs
  • Criminal Justice - Series 2 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Criminal Justice - Series 2 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 0 minutes
Starring Matthew MacFadyen, Steven Mackintosh, Denis Lawson, Maxine Peake, Sophie Okonedo
Director Marc Jobst, Yann Demange
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 4 January 2010
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Virokhovsky on 15 Jun. 2014
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I bought this DVD to see one of my favorite actors, Matthew Macfadyen. His character is very interesting and complicated, and he played it beautifully (as he always does), and rightly got BAFTA for this. Actually, a lot of actors were familiar to me from other movies I've seen with Matthew, so to have likable actors was a huge plus of this film. Also the characters and their journeys are very interesting, you get involved. I had a problem with the story though. I'm a feminist, but this movie made a joke of feminism. SPOILERS: The heroine of the movie, a controlled victimized unstable woman kills her "bad" husband in a cold blood and gets away with it. Just because she's a woman, I think, which is an outrage. So, if my husband is being bad to me - although he really never raises a hand on her, only helps her throughout, a bit of control freak but that might be justified because she has an affair with another man and he suspects it - I can just kill him. Because I'm a poor little woman, who got married to the wrong man. Oh, and this "bad" man is adored by his teenage daughter and by his colleagues. Cool move. So it was really irritating in this sense, and I watched only 3 episodes out of 5 to see Matthew, but I still enjoyed them, they're gripping but not perfect.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cazanya on 12 Oct. 2009
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That wow is for Maxine Peake who is just amazing as Julie Miller. She never over plays her part which I often find actors doing when they play victims of abuse. I also liked the way they dared to end this the way it probably would have in real life and not some hollywood ending, can't stand those...
Anyway very strong drama a worth the watch for Maxine Peake alone.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Bowman on 17 Oct. 2009
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Criminal Justice Series 2

It's now just over a week since the final episode of Criminal Justice 2 was broadcast on BBC1, and, one of my reasons for writing this review is simply to get it out of my head. You may take this as a good or a bad sign, but how long is it since a TV drama kept you awake for the best part of 2 nights and led to an hour long discussion with your brother?

I'll agree with every other reviewer who has, or will, express the opinion that there's some high class acting here, but that doesn't seem to be the point to me. I'll also endorse the view that suspension of disbelief is essential at times and admit that getting my husband to watch the second episode took persuasion. However, I think the messiness of loose ends, whether intentional or not, made the drama greater than its parts. Life is messy after all.

There's so much outside the frame. For instance, I couldn't help wondering why Juliet hadn't left her husband before he turned her into a nervous wreck, but more pertinent questions arose at the end. How many other marriages would break up on account of the case and how many police careers laid on the line? Above all, what on earth was going to happen to the 13 year old daughter, Ella?

One of the things you can do when flummoxed by a drama is to put the characters in order according to the sympathy they engender. But here again things are tricky because the characters are in the main flawed, a mixture of good and bad. Added to that, the straits are dire. There is no baddie to get caught so we can go to bed assured everything's fine. That being said, I would challenge anyone not to take to Jack, the eccentric solicitor, played by Sophie Okonedo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Burns on 21 Mar. 2010
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I enjoyed Criminal Justice very much. I watched it over several days and it kept me intrigued all throughout. I was however disappointed to see that Matthew Macfadyen's character was only on for the first episode and a half. I enjoy his acting and wished that he was in this more. But it is worth seeing and the price is good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Parry on 29 April 2010
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The first series was a hard act to follow. This series is not as good as the first, but watchable all the same. The subject matter in this particular series was depressing but probably gave an accurate account of the issue. The ending has a twist that will leave you perplexed but it will probably only last until the credits end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moggiemiss on 17 Aug. 2011
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This is a powerful and emotive drama with a high standard of acting. As someone who suffered similar abuse in a relationship, I could identify with Juliette Miller. You get so desperate that you want the abuse to end but equally you don't want to talk about how you are being treated to other people. You think you are losing your mind. I felt that this drama captured all those emotions and more. Maxine Peake has come along way since Dinner Ladies but credit to all the other actors in this superb series. I actually thought this had just as much depth as Series 1 and was every bit as thought provoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thorkild Tønnesen on 2 Nov. 2014
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A very well played ( as one expect from an english tv series) and executed though perhaps a bit slow running here and there. What surprice me is the number either nasty or weak male displayed in the series. If one wants to expose a persons personality flaws it would be a help to get a hint of the bagground for these.
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After seeing Criminal Justice Series 1, it wasnt a hard decision to buy Series 2 and I certainly wasnt disappointed. If there were Oscars for TV dramas, Maxine Peake should have won one. Her outstanding performance as the controlled wife Julia Miller was amazing. You really felt for her and I agree with one of the other reviews, in that the ending was more real life. I also liked her lawyer who despite almost pulling her hair out in trying to get Julia to open up, truly believed in her and wasnt about to give up. Exceptional drama, in fact one of the best Ive seen in a while.
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