Confirmation Reviews

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Top Critic
November 26, 2019
"Confirmation" soars when it shows how badly a group of middle-aged white male senators fumbled the race and gender issues raised by Hill's allegations.
September 27, 2019
With a movie like Confirmation, you need a solid script to hold audience attention and HBO got one with writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).
May 10, 2019
The cast of Confirmation is solid all around, but it's led by a particularly outstanding performance by Kerry Washington as Anita Hill.
January 14, 2019
Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa has infused Confirmation with a very matter of fact sensibility that generally proves effective...
September 26, 2018
Confirmation registers upon revisit as something far more interesting and evocative than a historical moment's dutiful retelling.
August 14, 2017
Confirmation continues a conversation in which millennial viewers are given a chance to reevaluate, on their own terms, some of the most heavily scapegoated female figures of the '90s.
July 19, 2016
Historic Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill retelling is intense.
May 5, 2016
HBO's original film about the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings is a quietly powerful portrait of institutional dysfunction in the face of an uncomfortable truth.
April 21, 2016
The proceedings riveted America and brought sexual harassment and workplace equality into the forefront of our conversation. Of course we know how this case ends too... but that doesn't make reliving it any less fascinating, or important.
April 21, 2016
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.
April 21, 2016
...for all the problems Confirmation faces, its forceful leads are what make this a worthwhile one-time viewing.
April 21, 2016
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.
April 20, 2016
Beyond the cultural pop, it is also an engaging film with strong writing, sure-handed direction, superb editing and outstanding performances from Washington and Pierce.
April 19, 2016
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.
April 18, 2016
Washington's performance so thoroughly captures the degree to which Hill did not seek or desire such a status, it's difficult to imagine that Anita Hill sees herself as the proud crusader the film would like to leave us with.
April 18, 2016
The TV film, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, succeeds, as most HBO films do, on the casting alone.
April 18, 2016
A well-made movie about a sensational moment in history that aims for the detached authority of a news report.
April 18, 2016
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.
April 18, 2016
What's most admirable about the film is the person who's been pushing for its creation the longest. Kerry Washington brings a beautifully reserved presence to Hill without stripping her of any bravery.
April 15, 2016
Washington's performance is fortifying, especially during the scenes of the Senate testimony, in which the actress speaks in the authentically halting delivery of Hill's nervous voice.
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