Clemency Reviews

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February 10, 2020
[I]t's Woodard's movie, and her character's silent anguish rests just below the surface of her stone-faced veneer. It's a powerful performance in a powerful movie.
January 23, 2020
The real question isn't whether this person or that person will be executed, but whether Bernardine will go to pieces, and yet with a performance like Woodard's at the center, that's all a movie needs.
January 22, 2020
It's the kind of film that stays with the audience long after the credits roll. Unlike a pretty little gold statuette, that's not something that can fit neatly on (director) Chukwu's mantle but she should cherish it nonetheless.
January 17, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
While admittedly spartan in its stylistic approach, Clemency is wrenching in its performances and direction.
January 16, 2020
"Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one.
January 16, 2020
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.
January 15, 2020
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.
January 9, 2020
Woodard's performance as a woman at the point of cracking is the reason to see this film.
January 3, 2020
Ms. Woodard is superb, as always, in a role that sets up a formidable barrier between character and audience. We understand what's happening to Bernadine, but it's hard to have any sense of dramatic release because her repression is almost unrelenting.
January 3, 2020
The movie's moral and emotional burden rests on the capable shoulders of Alfre Woodard.
December 29, 2019
This is screen acting of a very rare sort, and Clemency is a vital emotional powerhouse sorely deserving of being seen.
December 28, 2019
"Clemency" is remarkable for the understanding it affords to all involved with its wrenching subject matter.
December 28, 2019
Clemency does what few other movies about death row have, handling a thorny, infinitely complicated subject in terms that are neither moralizing nor melodramatic.
December 27, 2019
A fascinating character study. Alfre Woodard does so much and so subtly.
December 27, 2019
Woodard gives an Oscar-worthy performance here, often expressing so much despair without saying a word.... "Clemency" is a somber film. Its power comes less from the drama and more from the arresting performances and the storytelling.
December 27, 2019
With a devastating performance as a prison warden who oversees executions, the actress brings the toll of the death penalty to wrenching life. Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle.
December 27, 2019
It's a small movie, but one that provides considerable food for thought, while being elevated by a performance from Woodard that, often without uttering a word, betrays an inner conflict that cuts to her very core.
December 26, 2019
The strong performances of the ensemble support Chukwu's unsettling examination into the many ways the criminal justice system implicates, shames, and corrupts those ensnared by it, regardless of whether they're inside or outside the bars.
December 24, 2019
A brutal and beautiful meditation on the reality of death and the barbarism of state-sponsored execution.
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