Clemency

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Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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  • I hate the amateur quarterbacking I'm about to engage in, but that [Woodard's] performance did not merit an Academy Award nomination is damning.

    Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • While admittedly spartan in its stylistic approach, Clemency is wrenching in its performances and direction.

    Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one.

    Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Much of "Clemency" is told through the facial expressions of Woodard, an actor of the highest calibre who knows the most powerful stories are often the ones that need the fewest words to tell.

    Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The title of "Clemency" refers to the mercy extended to a prisoner, but it's the wisdom of this grave and sorrowful drama to spread the meaning to everyone in its view.

    Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Woodard's performance as a woman at the point of cracking is the reason to see this film.

    Jan 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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