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.
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
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 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
Yet despite its tantalizing subject matter, Confirmation is surprisingly flat and uninspired, in every way that it shouldn't be in 2016.
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
Confirmation fails to do itself any favors, inadvertently arguing against its very existence as a standalone film.
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.
April 15, 2016
With a cast so formidable, it's almost a shame Confirmation isn't a story that could have been expanded to series length. But it's a story worth telling, one about the kind of quiet heroism that doesn't always translate well to the screen.
April 15, 2016
It's a fine drama, with excellent performances.
April 15, 2016
It weighs on the viewer's conscience.
April 15, 2016
The sting of Confirmation isn't how poorly the system worked then; it's how little things have changed since.
April 15, 2016
There is nothing about Confirmation that's transformative, but it's solid work about an important moment in our history. And for TV purposes, it's a work that allows Washington to show what a fine actor she can be.
April 15, 2016
Confirmation is not nearly as nuanced as the recent O.J. Simpson trial docudrama on FX. It's also much shorter and more reliant on news footage. But it similarly revives memories of a wild media/cultural/political flashpoint.
April 15, 2016
Washington captures Hill nicely - her reticence, in particular.
April 15, 2016
Confirmation connects most of the dots of those times while falling short of the dramatic impact left by FX's O.J. Simpson miniseries.
April 14, 2016
Fortunately, Confirmation benefits from superior performances by Kerry Washington as Hill, Bill Irwin as Thomas advocate Sen. John Danforth and Greg Kinnear as Biden. Each actor elevates Grant's pro forma script.
April 14, 2016
Confirmation succeeds in making us re-examine attitudes from the vantage point of a quarter century, and also in reminding us that politics is an ugly business.
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