Just Mercy Reviews

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January 21, 2020
Just Mercy powerfully captures the maddening anguish of innocent people who spend years of their lives behind bars-years they can never get back.
January 21, 2020
Somehow that message never gains the power it should have, and we're left with a film that's easy to respect, but hard to admire. Emotionally, "Just Mercy" just sort of lies there. Maybe a chifforobe would've helped after all.
January 21, 2020
Jordan, however, is completely persuasive. The virtues possessed by Stevenson are all on the quiet side. His analytical flair is matched by his patience, his tenacity and his acuity.
January 21, 2020
A formula that has succeeded before; it does so again here, even if one occasionally regrets a lack of subtlety in the telling.
January 21, 2020
Just Mercy won't enlighten viewers with groundbreaking insights, but its an inspiring reminder of a deeply flawed and socially unbalanced legal system, while teaching us a powerful lesson about the value of life.
January 21, 2020
Just Mercy is an important venture that highlights both how far we've come as a society yet how much further we have to travel in order to truly achieve equality when it comes to the law and its relationship with people of colour.
January 21, 2020
Still, by the time you reach the end - and realise how closely the film-makers have stuck to the facts - you won't care. That the truth will out is entertainment enough.
January 20, 2020
The true story of a lawyer trying to free a wrongly convicted black man from death row in 1990s Alabama, Destin Daniel Cretton's film struggles to turn worthiness into snappy drama.
January 20, 2020

Despite boasting a great cast and exploring an important story, bland direction and one-note characterisation relegate legal drama Just Mercy to the awards season bargain bin.
January 20, 2020
The talented cast elevates this film above a run-of-the-mill social justice drama. Stylistically, this film is pretty subdued, allowing the inspiring, powerful story to take center stage, as it should.
January 20, 2020
In the least heralded great performance of 2019, (Rob) Morgan blows audiences away with a remorseful passion mixed with bewilderment and confusion...
January 20, 2020
It's hard-hitting stuff... but director Destin Daniel Cretton, having certainly gained our attention, slowly loses it by flirting with cliché, over-indulging his actors and taking far too long to make his unarguable point.
January 20, 2020
It's a film that knows what it wants to be. To all but the fussiest palate it's a satisfying watch.
January 20, 2020
Eventually, Just Mercy finds its rhythm, utilising the talent of its leading men and women and the incredible details of the true story from which it takes its cue, to deliver something that is both moving and engaging.
January 20, 2020
Just Mercy might descend into TV movie-of-the-week territory at times, but when it's good it's really good, and a sombre execution sequence is genuinely heartbreaking.
January 20, 2020
Even death row is presented as a citadel of nobility, with every police station and courtroom a moral vacuum, while the narrative overflows with cliches and gossamer-thin characterisation.
January 18, 2020
I won't reveal McMillian's ultimate courtroom fate, but I will allow that it's not a happily-ever-after tale in one respect.
January 18, 2020
Just Mercy isn't stylistically dazzling. The chronicle of racism is also familiar. But Cretton and his leads give the narrative an urgency and timeliness.
January 18, 2020
In parts stolid, but solid nevertheless, Just Mercy is timely and important.
January 18, 2020
This is a powerful drama about an important ongoing issue.
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