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Stellar performances and gripping subject matter help Confirmation overcome production values that occasionally feel as dated as the infamous real-life case it covers.



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The confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) become a media spectacle when his former colleague Anita Hill (Kerry Washington) accuses the Supreme Court Justice nominee of sexual harassment. Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) directed this political drama for HBO Films, with Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, and Jennifer Hudson co-starring.

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Kerry Washington
as Anita Hill
Wendell Pierce
as Clarence Thomas
Greg Kinnear
as Joe Biden
Alison Wright
as Virginia Thomas
Eric Stonestreet
as Kenneth Duberstein
Jeffrey Wright
as Charles Ogletree
Jennifer Hudson
as Angela Wright
Dylan Baker
as Orrin Hatch
Erika Christensen
as Shirley Wiegand
Peter McRobbie
as Alan Simpson
Bill Irwin
as John Danforth
Treat Williams
as Ted Kennedy
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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (26)

  • Save for a few scenes that feel like overkill just to give us a little bit more intrigue and suspense, Confirmation feels true to the spirit of the events, which were bizarre, unsettling - and undeniably entertaining.

    Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The case for Anita Hill -- and all the unknown Anita Hills -- is argued persuasively in "Confirmation," a dutiful, solidly entertaining drama that effectively stirs the viewer's righteous indignation.

    Apr 21, 2016 | Full Review…

    Tim Grierson

    Top Critic
  • In revisiting the hearing 25 years after it happened, Confirmation offers a chance to consider its impact, and what it lacks in stylistic verve, it makes up for with methodical storytelling.

    Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Yet despite its tantalizing subject matter, Confirmation is surprisingly flat and uninspired, in every way that it shouldn't be in 2016.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A well-made movie about a sensational moment in history that aims for the detached authority of a news report.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Filled with affecting and nuanced performances, Confirmation is an upsetting film to watch, hitting far too close to the bone to feel like a period piece about a regrettable moment from which we have learned.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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