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Clemency Reviews

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February 14, 2019
As a character study, [Clemency] is incredible. As a study of death row, it's necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2019
To say thatAlfre Woodard is superb in the role would not be an understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2019
Chukwu's film is further proof that great moviemaking is key to bringing audiences into profound, somber head spaces.
February 4, 2019
If you enjoy vicariously peering into the abyss, you won't find a better opportunity than Clemency.
February 4, 2019
If Chukwu just wants the audience to witness Bernadine's burden, the script overplays its hand by questioning Anthony's guilty conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 4, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 3, 2019
Alfre Woodard may have graced us with the performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 3, 2019
Clemency is a thoroughly draining experience as if we're placed in purgatory with no means of escape, but it's ultimately powerful in the ways it shows how the death penalty has consequences for everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 2, 2019
Chinonye Chuckwu perfectly encapsulates and humanizes lawyers, criminals and prison staff in this heart stopping drama. This is by far a career best for the legendary Alfre Woodard.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 1, 2019
With visual austerity and not an ounce of sentimentality, Chukwu transforms a character study into an indictment of institutionalized murder.
February 1, 2019
A mature star-driven vehicle elevated by a brilliant performance that deserves all the awards it can get.
January 31, 2019
With quiet power and austere visuals, "Clemency" captures the unbearable atmosphere of offices and corridors suffused with the stench of death.
January 30, 2019
Sensitive and hard-hitting, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu's debut feature "Clemency" is a thoughtful examination of the death penalty in American prisons - seen from the viewpoint of the people who carry it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2019
CLEMENCY conjures a lot of feelings: Rage and empathy because of its precise and scorching indictment of capital punishment; marvel at Alfre Woodard's fantastic lead performance and her many spot on close ups.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 28, 2019
'Clemency' examines with integrity and truth - the emotional weight of a prison warden's duty of carrying out executions through this impactful story filled with groundbreaking performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2019
A measured advocacy drama with the capacity to change minds.
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