Clemency

Clemency

Clemency

Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) leads this death row drama as a prison warden feeling the psychological toll after years of carrying out executions. Her latest inmate, Anthony (Aldis Hodge, Hidden Figures), forces her to confront these demons.

2019112 minsUSA
Drama

Clemency / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Chukwu's film is further proof that great moviemaking is key to bringing audiences into profound, sombre head spaces.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Clemency's end credits arrive with relief, not because we're unengaged but because, unlike Bernadine, we're finally allowed to breathe.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Clemency is a staggering achievement in its portrayal of a story that we often ignore out of simple spite or ignorance that humanizes all angles with compassion.

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Variety

Variety

If Woodard is hoping for her overdue second Oscar nomination after 1983’s “Cross Creek,” she’s got a decent shot with this excruciating character arc. Yet, the actress is even better in the scenes where Bernadine simply gets drunk, even if she still can’t talk about anything but work.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

[A] stark, beautifully composed drama about the implications of the death penalty.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's the humanity and compassion invested across all the principal characters that makes this contemplative examination of the terrible weight of taking a life so commanding.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Chukwu maintains an impressive command over her material, but Woodard herself becomes the movie’s central storyteller.

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