Just Mercy

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Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy.

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Verified Ratings: 11,823

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After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life.

Cast & Crew

Michael B. Jordan
Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx
Walter McMillian
Brie Larson
Eva Ansley
Rob Morgan
Herbert Richardson
Rafe Spall
Tommy Chapman
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Anthony Ray Hinton
Karan Kendrick
Minnie McMillian
Steve Coulter
Judge Buren
Andrew Lanham
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Bryan Stevenson
Executive Producer
Mike Drake
Executive Producer
Niija Kuykendall
Executive Producer
Gabriel Hammond
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Critic Reviews for Just Mercy

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  • It's competently made... Thought has been put into this production, and again, I'm completely a hundred percent on the side of everything it has to say. I just don't think it's a very good movie.

    March 19, 2020 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Just Mercy is a deeply moving film, a human story about injustice and justice and how intangible and ephemeral they both really are.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • an earnest and important film about the still-festering sore of race in today's America - though when pitted against inveterate, sneering prejudice, its protagonist's one-note saintliness, however real, does not make for the most compelling drama

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's steady and clear-headed, safe in the knowledge that truth is the ultimate humaniser.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Just Mercy isn't interested in giving it a showy new spin. Instead the extraordinary, hope-inspiring true story is allowed to speak for itself, powered along by committed turns by Jordan and Brie Larson.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's good acting at its finest in this preaching to the choir "right to life" drama that might have worked had the filmmakers chosen to show the audience a little mercy by not constantly talking down to them.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 26, 2020
    Good but felt too one-dimensional.
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