Just Mercy Reviews

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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.
January 10, 2020
Safe and stagnant, this movie has nothing of the book's considerable breadth or import.
January 9, 2020
In Just Mercy an A-list cast does its best with movie-of-the-week execution; the results are simultaneously inspiring and off-putting.
January 9, 2020
A movie about an obviously-right protagonist righting obvious wrongs by doggedly stating facts.
January 7, 2020
While it's undoubtedly a powerful story and film, full of great performances, Just Mercy feels like it's designed to win awards, at the cost of authenticity and real emotion.
January 5, 2020
Cretton delivers his most disappointing work to date, a mediocre, cliché ridden, speechifying tale of the fight to free an innocent black man railroaded by racist Southerners.
January 4, 2020
It is blunt, it is unambitious, it is repetitive and it harbours not a shred of trust for the intelligence of its audience.
December 30, 2019
The film is simply far too familiar, and even derivative.
December 26, 2019
This is not a movie that believes its audience can think.
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