Conviction (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Less compelling -- and more manipulative -- than it should be, Conviction benefits from its compelling true story and a pair of solid performances from Swank and Rockwell.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Traditional and unambitious it may be, but 'Conviction' is a good tale persuasively told.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What makes Conviction worth seeing is its depiction of a self-immolating crusader.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

For the big screen, it didn't hold up as strong but did manage to hash out a good story led by strong performances regardless.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's a solid if somewhat straightforward story of sacrifice and allegiance.

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Anthony Kaufman
Dallas Morning 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.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Each performance is pitch-perfect, distracting the audience from the fact that this is ultimately Lifetime TV Movie fodder, and seducing them into believing that it really is a triumphant film about the enduring power of family loyalty.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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).

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

[Swank] fails to ever really make us care about, let alone buy into, Betty Anne as a human being.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Blandly inspirational, with a minimum of you-go-girl montages and even less suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
Conviction could have been a compelling, extremely moving, and heat-warming story, but the way Tony Goldwyn and the cast of Conviction tell it, it's not so… More
Pedro Holanda
<i> An extraordinary journey of how far we go to fight for our family. </i> <b>Convincing</b> This is one of those movies that is… More
paul sandberg
Sometimes you swear that you've seen a film before - Conviction is like that... where have you seen this type of plot boiler before? The kind of film that… More
Dean McKenna
What an extraordinary true story of siblings Betty Anne and Kenny Waters has all the prize-winning promise and mouth-watering appeal of <i>Erin… More
Mark Hobin
Based on fact, this is the true story of one Betty Anne Waters who decides to get her GED, then complete college and law school in an effort to exonerate her… More
Cynthia S.
A well done, tenderly paced true saga about a woman who puts herself through law school to help her brother out of a life sentence. Hilary Swank, and Sam… More