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  • Summary: Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) takes a job with the Conviction Integrity Unit run by District Attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill) to avoid being charged with drug possession and hurting her mother's senate campaign.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Conviction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 3, 2016
    80
    Judging from the premiere episode, Conviction is not just compelling and topical, it’s a master class in TV-series construction.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2016
    63
    The show’s pacing is brisk, the acting is fine on all fronts (the British-born Atwell’s American accent slips a bit here and there) and it’s nice to look at--which just might be enough to keep Conviction going.
  3. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Oct 3, 2016
    58
    Hayley Atwell tries her hardest, but Conviction has too many clichés for her to overcome single-handedly. She deserves a better show than this one. In fact, we all do.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 30, 2016
    42
    Conviction is so into overkill, it’s hard to tell what to take seriously.
  5. Reviewed by: Mitchel Broussard
    Sep 28, 2016
    40
    Atwell showing up nets it brownie points, but the show has no idea how to use her to its strengths, and subsequently only reveals its own glaring, fumbling weaknesses.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 3, 2016
    30
    The cases are unsurprising, the central characters’ back stories are contrived, and the show’s efforts to be sexy and saucy are clumsy.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 28, 2016
    20
    A law procedural so paint-by-numbers it's like everybody gave up halfway through and added terrible colors out of boredom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 13, 2017
    10
    The first two episode to me were not that great, but then they started unfolding some of the characters and I got hooked. I love this show andThe first two episode to me were not that great, but then they started unfolding some of the characters and I got hooked. I love this show and I like the format; not believable, who can do something in just 5 days, but a refreshing change from other shows like this. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2016
    10
    Though Conviction feels like tired formula, it is elevated by Atwell's flashy performance as Hayes Morrison, her amazing one-liners and theThough Conviction feels like tired formula, it is elevated by Atwell's flashy performance as Hayes Morrison, her amazing one-liners and the in-dept personal stories. Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 1) It is a female lead show. Not many of those on air.
    2) Hayes is privileged, yet objective on controversial issues. Both are requirements for her job as head of the CIU. And although she is considered flawed and destructive and problematic, her objectiveness and vulnerability (which in my opinion originated in her privileged, yet overexposed childhood) redeem her.
    3) The CIU is not a fictional unit. It exists in certain cities throughout the country. People should know about this fact.
    4) The show brings diversity in many regards. And I for one love that Hayes is bi (and this fact was stated in a very casual, matter-of-factly way, as it should be). Plus Hayes and Maxine have developed a good friendship. And so have Tess and Frankie.
    5) Tess has questioned her white privilege on multiple occasions. I think that makes her a fantastic role model. And we need more episodes to see that Matty actually forgave Tess (and that forgiveness is possible in such life-altering situations).
    6) Frankie portrays that people can reform after a conviction. A prison sentence does not define a person. Human beings are multi-faceted, complex individuals who can change and improve.
    7) And above all, the show brings up controversial issues that many people don’t often think about or purposefully overlook because those issues don’t affect their daily lives.
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  4. Jan 30, 2017
    8
    People need justice to be not simply "served", but they need the idea of justice to support their lives. Especially if a judicial mistakePeople need justice to be not simply "served", but they need the idea of justice to support their lives. Especially if a judicial mistake ruined them. This Conviction Integrity Units are a growing trend. At least before Trump they were.
    As for the show - it is uneven, but everybody agrees that the lead character is very engaging in her spontaneity and a smart pursuit of truth. Her knowledge of political higher circles didn't turn her into a cynic but armed with tools to persevere and guard the main purpose of justice establishments in the society.
    A pity they decided to cancel the show.
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  5. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    Confesso que os dois primeiros episódios não me impressionaram, mas, à medida que continuei a ver a série, interessei-me mais pela produção,Confesso que os dois primeiros episódios não me impressionaram, mas, à medida que continuei a ver a série, interessei-me mais pela produção, pois o formato da série realmente é bom, apesar de existirem muitos clichés nos diálogos e nas situações criadas. Expand
  6. Oct 4, 2016
    5
    This show is all over the place. Take the writing: one moment fresh and clever, the next a pile-up of clumsy exposition and pop-psychologicalThis show is all over the place. Take the writing: one moment fresh and clever, the next a pile-up of clumsy exposition and pop-psychological cliches. The impression is of a writer's room staffed by one prodigy from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a half-dozen "party school" dropouts who managed to fail their "cake" courses because they could not bear to leave their television sets. The premise--wayward celebrity genius helms Innocence Project wannabe--is great but mired in the melodramatic back-stories of everyone on (or involved with) the legal team. So there's not much airtime left for cases, which means they have to be simple and straightforward, so cue another round of cliches. Yes, Hayley Atwell is as good as everyone says, and I'll probably stick around for a while just to watch her work. But unless the series shuffles its priorities--and the writing staff--I can't imagine making it through even one season. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2016
    0
    I also had trouble hearing the dialogue. It got to the point that I turned on the closed captioning and had to read what the actors wereI also had trouble hearing the dialogue. It got to the point that I turned on the closed captioning and had to read what the actors were saying because the music was so loud. Expand

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