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Conviction Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
Each performance is pitch-perfect, distracting the audience from the fact that this is ultimately Lifetime TV Movie fodder, and seducing them into believing that it really is a triumphant film about the enduring power of family loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Blandly inspirational, with a minimum of you-go-girl montages and even less suspense.
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Conviction is way too routine, not fleshed out enough and rather uninspired. I'd recommend it for a watch just for the performances alone but that's it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 5, 2013
It has pretty much every cliche for Oscar season you're likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
'Conviction' seldom fails to win on appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 1, 2013
Hilary Swank won her two Oscars for other films, but this may be her best performance yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
Hilary Swank delivers in this compelling tale of a woman who attends law school to prove her brother's innocence in court.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
What the film ends up being is a by-the-numbers procedural that takes us from Kenny's arrest to his sister trying to get him free to the inevitable outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2012
It's based on a true story, which is a very inspiring story, sure ... but as a drama, it just isn't interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 17, 2011
La historia tiene todos los elementos de esas típicas películas para televisión basadas en hechos reales. Pero las estupendas actuaciones de Hilary Swank y Sam Rockwell la convierten en una opción digna y emotiva.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
June 28, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 23, 2011
Jaw set resolutely forward but upper lip aquiver with emotion, Hilary Swank plays a remarkable crusader for justice in this stirring true-story drama.
Drew McWeeny
April 5, 2011
I can see why director Tony Goldwyn has been drawn to the story for over a decade. I'm just not sure the end result completely works.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
This Lifetime movie is a really good Lifetime movie, cut thick like a fried potato wedge at Chili's, dipped in Academy Award-flavored dressing and, dang it, kind of moving. And I told myself I wouldn't cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
It's a little too convinced of its own righteousness and doesn't see enough need for character doubt or drama. In many spots in fact it's quite good, but it thinks it's better than it is and doesn't see any reason to make it's own case.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Conviction is unashamedly straightforward in showing how a lot of hard work and sheer willpower was able to correct an injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 24, 2011
Goldwyn isn't an amazing director, but there are pretty good performers in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 24, 2011
Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, the latter portraying Kenny as an uncontrollable force of nature, and also Melissa Leo, who is quietly powerful as the arresting officer, are all excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Galvin
February 24, 2011
It's a painful film, but not for the best reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Dunks
February 24, 2011
If Conviction had felt as edgy and urgent as Lewis' performance, brimming with surprising comedy and unhinged tension, then it would be far more enticing.
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