Picks and Pans Main: Screen

updated 08/05/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/05/1991 01:00AM

Nothing says justices of the Supreme Court have to be lawyers. So why doesn't any President ever nominate a movie reviewer? What group of people is more judgmental, sensitive to precedent or fond of putting its prejudices in print? And think of the punchy opinions: "Phenomenal! The best legislation since Magna Charta!" "If you have to obey only one law this year, this is the one!" "Among the year's Top 10 statutes!" "Six thumbs up, three down!" "Tort! Tort! Tort!" "I wiped away so many tears, my robe got soaked!" Or, for a dissent, "Judge Reinhold could have made a better decision!"

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