Saint Judy

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SAINT JUDY tells the inspirational true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood and her fight that changed American asylum law forever. In her first case, Judy represents a woman forced to flee her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. While juggling her life as a single mother, Judy fights tenacious battles in and out of court, not only saving her client's life, but changing the Law of Asylum in the United States. This case has saved the lives of thousands of other persecuted women around the world. Like ERIN BROCKOVICH, SAINT JUDY tells the story of a remarkable woman who overcame tremendous odds, and reminds us how one person can change the world.

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Cast

Leem Lubany
as Asefa Ashwari
Common
as Benjamin Adebayo
Alfred Molina
as Ray Hernandez
Alfre Woodard
as Judge Benton
Peter Krause
as Matthew Robinson
Gabriel Bateman
as Alex Wood
Mykelti Williamson
as Dikembe Mustafa
Kevin Chapman
as Assistant Field Director King
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

  • Despite the faint whiff of sanctimoniousness that occasionally emanates from this well-meaning motion picture, Saint Judy generally holds its own as a solid courtroom drama.

    Mar 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Is at its strongest when focusing on the experiences of Judy's clients, and watching the emotional weight on their shoulders slide off as they open up to her.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The early glimmers of something soulful and sobering - rooted in investigative details and detention center realities - ultimately give way to the tired mechanics of give-it-all uplift.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Wood's achievement deserves to be celebrated. The issue is that Hanish's film never misses an opportunity to make its saga as corny as possible...

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • While the viewer can intuit that Hanish has a strong clear story to tell, the director too often tricks things up with noncredible flashbacks, fatty getting-from-one-place-to-another montages scored to anthemic pop and other extraneous matter.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film, directed by Sean Hanish, sometimes turns didactic, but it benefits from the efforts of an exceptional cast; their work deserves to be seen.

    Oct 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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