Trial by Fire Reviews

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June 4, 2019
The actress (Dern) brings her trademark intelligence and tenacity to the character, and the film also features strong supporting performances.
May 31, 2019
Sadly, this cinematic retelling of a truly appalling story is too often hamstrung by its predictability and overreliance on the audience's outrage at Willingham's plight.
May 24, 2019
Powerful stuff, but unpowerfully told, in part because the energies in "Trial by Fire" are split between proving Todd Willingham's innocence and building an argument against the death penalty no matter what the verdict.
May 24, 2019
Excellent performances by Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell lend credence to this message movie.
May 23, 2019
Despite its clumsy first-act emphasis on exposition and excessive length, the story is important and Dern deserves a nomination for almost single-handedly saving the film with her committed and engaging performance.
May 23, 2019
It's a powerful enough viewing experience, but it doesn't leave you with much hope for what to do about injustice.
May 23, 2019
Earnest, old-fashioned social-justice drama focuses on the death penalty from the 'what if we execute an innocent person?' angle, with hugely engaging performances by Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern.
May 22, 2019
So I want to warn the rest of you: Watching this film felt like having rocks thrown at my face. It's effective filmmaking, I'll give it that, and O'Connell's performance as scumbag-turned-sympathetic-scumbag is one of the best I've seen.
May 21, 2019
A long-winded sermon with too much preamble and a big finish, with some rough-edged nap time tucked in between.
May 21, 2019
You come out of this film deeply moved and also overwhelmed by a group of memorable performances.
May 20, 2019
Takes a fascinating, suspenseful true story and waters it down into a generic, maudlin, anti-death-penalty message.
May 20, 2019
The well-made "Trial By Fire" got lost in the recent awards shuffle, and it should't have been.
May 20, 2019
The movie is painstakingly well made and murderously hard to sit through.
May 20, 2019
It's a prestige film based on the true story of a man who is wrongly convicted of killing his children.
May 20, 2019
Trial By Fire is an expertly-crafted work of art that doubles as a biopic and perceptive, dual character study, brimming with jaw-dropping performances led by the versatile O'Connell.
May 19, 2019
Capital Punishment questioned and put on trial while revisiting the true life tragedy of Cameron Todd Willingham. Jack O'Connell king of true story tragedy is riveting
May 19, 2019
You can't help wishing Zwick's lockstep depiction of capital punishment felt a lot less like a death sentence.
May 17, 2019
There's that masterpiece of a micro-performance by Jeff Perry, in that single scene. That alone is worth the price of admission.
May 17, 2019
O'Connell and Dern, meanwhile, find the common ground in their characters that keeps "Trial by Fire" simmering.
May 17, 2019
Trial by Fire comes off as a thinner, mediocre version of another fact-based death-row drama.
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