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CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister's unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters' (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Traditional and unambitious it may be, but 'Conviction' is a good tale persuasively told."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"What makes Conviction worth seeing is its depiction of a self-immolating crusader."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Conviction is way too routine, not fleshed out enough and rather uninspired. I'd recommend it for a watch just for the performances alone but that's it."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"Hilary Swank won her two Oscars for other films, but this may be her best performance yet."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"It's based on a true story, which is a very inspiring story, sure ... but as a drama, it just isn't interesting."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"It's a solid if somewhat straightforward story of sacrifice and allegiance."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In the hands of Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and a strong supporting cast, this earnest film manages to tug a few heartstrings and say something important in the process."
‑ Anthony Kaufman, Dallas Morning News
"It has pretty much every cliche for Oscar season you're likely to see."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Hilary Swank delivers in this compelling tale of a woman who attends law school to prove her brother's innocence in court."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"La historia tiene todos los elementos de esas típicas películas para televisión basadas en hechos reales. Pero las estupendas actuaciones de Hilary Swank y Sam Rockwell la convierten en una opción digna y emotiva."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Tony Goldwyn directed a cast that ranges from the excellent (Minnie Driver as a fellow attorney, Melissa Leo as a crooked cop) to the laughable (Juliette Lewis as a trashy woman whose perjured testimony helps put the brother away)."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Swank] fails to ever really make us care about, let alone buy into, Betty Anne as a human being."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"'Conviction' seldom fails to win on appeal."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"What the film ends up being is a by-the-numbers procedural that takes us from Kenny's arrest to his sister trying to get him free to the inevitable outcome."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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