Just Mercy Reviews

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April 13, 2020
Just Mercy features a trio of fine performances from its excellent cast, but thanks to a very by-the-numbers approach to its overly-familiar story, it ends up being a rather standard and forgettable procedural.
March 5, 2020
It doesn't help that a market-friendly PG-13 rating constrains the movie so that it resembles a network TV production with the rough edges of real racism rounded off way too nicely.
February 27, 2020
An important film that unfortunately falls into too many conventions. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 24, 2020
Yes, the story is touching, but the movie generates more pity than anger. A mistake, once racism in the United States remains as rampant as ever. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 12, 2020
A bit fussy and completely predictable. Pedestrian in its approach...a bit like a made-for-TV thing, which in 2020 is an insult...
February 6, 2020
The moral binariness of this film, which is certainly well-intentioned (and, sadly, tells a story shockingly relevant in today's world) had me looking for nuance everywhere.
January 29, 2020
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 24, 2020
Not even Michael B. Jordan, the charismatic star of Creed, can lift Just Mercy out of do-gooder drudgery.
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 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
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 16, 2020
Really, the only problem with this real-life death penalty drama from Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) is that it's quietly average.
January 16, 2020
Just Mercy has ideas and conviction. It's thoroughness that's lacking.
January 14, 2020
We never gain much of a sense for who Stevenson is or what motivates him beyond the pursuit of legal justice, and Cretton makes no attempt to deviate from a familiar prestige drama template.
January 14, 2020
While there's something to be said for a historical film that articulates its timely purpose and connection so coherently...Just Mercy's spoon-fed approach is not only unappreciated, uncreative, and unartistic, but degrading as well.
January 10, 2020
[Jordan's] portrayal of Stevenson is sympathetic if a little too saintly, but when he spouts legalese, he sounds more like an actor reciting memorized lines than a member of the bar thoroughly fluent in the language of the law.
January 10, 2020
Just Mercy too often comes across like just another plodding legal drama in which everything unfolds with clockwork precision, but precious little passion or anger
January 10, 2020
Director Destin Daniel Cretton handles courtroom scenes well but resorts to bland visuals elsewhere - except for scenes set in prison, particularly one night on death row.
January 10, 2020
The movie proceeds at a leaden pace draining the drama from much of narrative.
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