An Extraordinary Journey Of How Far We Go To Fight For Our Family.
"...inspirational... Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
|A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.|
"....a stirring real-life tale... Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"...stellar cast... Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"...a remarkable story... Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. Tony Goldwyn directs this drama inspired by a true story.
Cast & Crew
Screen Actors Guild (2011)
||Hilary Swank, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
4 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably gripping....Tony Goldwyn's assured direction, based on a well-researched and compelling script by Pamela Gray, lets Waters' amazing story speak for itself in fine, uncluttered dramatic fashion."
Los Angeles Times
"What the subplots succeed in doing is making room for some nice small turns....The best is a haggard, broken-tooth, chain-smoking Juliette Lewis as one of Kenny's exes..."
New York Times
"Mr. Rockwell excels at this kind of volatility -- at playing men who are angry, charming and foolish all at once. And Kenny is a fascinating puzzle..."
"Hilary Swank is the epitome of conviction in a film in which the title refers both to an action by the justice system and the determination it took to fight back."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]n Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity."
Wall Street Journal
"This affecting fiction film was based on a true story....The quality of the acting is consistently high..."
"[P]owerful, a tale of justice served told with respectful restraint by directory Tony Goldwyn....The filmmakers handle time shifts gracefully, and the casting is choice..." -- Grade: B
"Rockwell busts through with a spectacular peformance....It's Rockwell who gives CONVICTION the jolts of ferocity and feeling it needs."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] polished legal melodrama that elicits a typically forthright turn from Hilary Swank...and an intriguingly mercurial one from Sam Rockwell..."
San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
...It's an amazing story, one that would seem too far-fetched if it weren't true...
- Mick LaSalle
New York Observer 8 of 10
...Filled with nuance, intricate emotion and a refreshing absence of melodramatics, Conviction is a moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair. Its impact cannot easily be shaken...
- Rex Reed
Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
...Her determination is fierce, her rebirth is inspiring, and in Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity...
- Roger Ebert