Conviction

Conviction

Conviction

Drama based on a true story about high school dropout Betty Anne (Hilary Swank), who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while tirelessly trying to overturn her brother Kenny's (Sam Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983. Convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest.

2010Rating: M, Contains Violence & Offensive Language107 minsUSA
BiographyDramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Tony Goldwyn (TV's 'Dexter', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The L Word')
Writer:
Pamela Gray
Cast:
Sam RockwellMinnie DriverJuliette LewisClea DuVallHilary SwankAri Graynor

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Conviction / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Although fiercely committed performances by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell provide director Tony Goldwyn's film with a core of emotional integrity, a less heavy-handed, more informative approach would have served them and the audience better.

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Total Film

Total Film

Swank and Rockwell elevate a solid drama that tells its tall tale with, yes, conviction. It’s not exactly the whole truth, though.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It would be easy to dismiss Conviction on the ground that it plays like a made-for-television movie, but the truth is that, as often as not, movies made for the small screen are better than this: braver, darker, more willing to explore odd corners of feeling.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

In Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film is in the tradition of fighting-the-system stories drawn from real life such as "Erin Brokovich," and its powerful emotional appeal should draw a substantial grownup audience.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It's okay in a TV movie way, but disappointing given all the obvious potential of the real story.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

Serious film-of-the-week, Conviction is a slightly jumbled telling of the true story of brother and sister Kenneth and Betty-Anne Waters.

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