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  • Summary: 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, Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor, meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth - pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.(Fox Searchlight) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 27, 2010
    The magic in the film is in the actors. Only somebody who has stripped himself emotionally bare for the camera could achieve the level of performance that Goldwyn gets from every single SAG member on this set.
  2. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Oct 21, 2010
    The film is in the tradition of fighting-the-system stories drawn from real life such as "Erin Brokovich," and its powerful emotional appeal should draw a substantial grownup audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 21, 2010
    In Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 21, 2010
    Sam Rockwell has yet to find a movie as good as he is (Moon comes closest). He's still looking.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 21, 2010
    Based on a true story, the movie's best scenes involve its heroine breaking down barriers by force of will as much as by legal wrangling.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 21, 2010
    Really belongs on Lifetime rather than in theaters.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 21, 2010
    For those of us with a love of actorly indulgence, though, the film is a treasure trove, filled with enough molten-gold performances to gild a thousand Oscars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 31, 2010
    I'm surprised none of these critics gave "Conviction" a four-star review. This is a touching, compelling story with a pitch-perfect cast. Each and every player is dynamite, especially Sam Rockwell and Juliette Lewis. A definite must-see! Collapse
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    This movie was really worth watching. Story flow is very smooth. It shows how easily one can get convicted based on some lies, the biggest problem of the legal system. These mis-convictions can become really costly to individuals and families. The movie also shows how many loop-holes there are in the legal system, and because of that, it can take up to a few decades to resolve a case. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    I just watched this movie and was impressed after watching it. Not a single performance is weak; not even the child actors seem to have trouble with their roles. The story is a bit of a heartbreaker, yet ultimately satisfying and rewarding. There were moments in the film that seemed a little too convenient (I won't spoil anything), and there are a few clichees throughout, but it's based on a true story, so I could tolerate these. Go see it, it won't take up too much of your time, and you'll be happy you watched it. Expand
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    Rockwell and Swank give it all in this unbelievable true story. In the hands of a different director this could easily have been a very strong Oscar contender. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2011
    The roles of three of its actors (Swank, Rockwell, and Leo) turn this inspiring courtroom/crime drama into a spectacle that owns your attention, and in its moments, softens the most hard of hearts. What the viewer sees and feels is the avidity of deep-rooted dauntlessness versus the resistance of being told "no." Swank brings us there both with a vibrant smile that breathes optimism and a grimmace of heart rending dejection and despair. Rockwell also is impressive as he takes on a stock character--an arrogant, loud-mouthed yet charismatic drunkard, and a wrongly accused prisoner who is dark, mysterious, and increasingly more morose. Watching him deal with his battle against the clock, abated by his sister's similar scenario, is the familial compassion that spikes the film's pulse. Leo and Lewis are also very convincing in their respective roles as well. My only problem lies in certain points in the film (Swank and Driver "upping" their wardrobes to "look" like a lawyer) come across a bit too Disney and seem more fitting for Lifetime than the theater. The pathos brought about by the characters is excellent, only, when you start watching the continual tears run down Swank's face, you can feel the falsity, then you see the on-screen action take on the form of an acting audition--forced emotions and many eyedrops. The direction of the film is also "too good too be true" at times, again falling into the realm of "made-for-tv" entertainment. Overall, viewed topically, the film is a must-see, popcorn, Friday- night flick. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2010
    Conviction really is what many have coined as 'Oscar-bait'. It's one of those films that plays heavily to the emotion of it's audience, attempting to ignite that emotional reaction from you, at any costs. However, in Conviction's case, like Secretariat a few weeks back, it works and succeeds at that goal. It's a film with good acting, direction, and a solid script. Sure, it's kind of Erin Brockovich with some tweaking and tinkering, but Erin Brockovich was a damn fine movie, and Conviction is solid, even if on a lesser level. Sam Rockwell offers a huge breath of fresh air with a funny and moving performance as the imprisoned brother, even though most of the movie is kind of 'been there, done that'. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2011
    This movie was more of a drama. It may have been touching to some with a heartfelt story to it, but it put me to sleep in the first 30minutes and as I was hoping it got better but it got even more boring as they literally put you in her shoe's. Not my piece of cake. Expand

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