Following the imprisonment of her brother (Sam Rockwell), a woman (Hilary Swank) earns a law degree and fights to clear him of murder.
" [Swank] fails to ever really make us care about, let alone buy into, Betty Anne as a human being. "
" 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. "
" Just because some truth is stranger than fiction doesn't necessarily make it better than fiction, more compelling or more dramatic or even more convincing than fiction. "
" What makes Conviction worth seeing is its depiction of a self-immolating crusader. "
" The acting certainly elevates the movie -- Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and Melissa Leo are also quite good -- but Conviction remains a good movie that should have been better. "
" The talents of a number of superb actors are stifled by an airless, by-the-numbers story. "
" It's better than OK, a worthy, well-told story, but less than brilliantly entertaining. "
" Even Lifetime isn't making Lifetime movies like this anymore. And there's a reason for that. "
" Swank continues to show startling skill in fully inhabiting a character, as does Sam Rockwell, who plays her brother, Kenny. "
" It's a noble enterprise, and a remarkable story, but it's not a movie that will set you free. "
" Hilary Swank shines in the kind of role she specializes in: gritty, determined, single-minded and stubborn. "
" 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). "
" Traditional and unambitious it may be, but 'Conviction' is a good tale persuasively told. "
" Conviction is an inelegant but compelling mishmash, worth seeing for a terrific female-centric cast... "
" Two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Swank needn't clear any space on her mantel for acknowledgment of her participation in this soapy redneck opus, which really belongs on Lifetime rather than in theaters. "
" The quality of the acting is consistently high and Mr. Rockwell's crackling energy goes a long way toward compensating for the film's predominantly earnest tone. "
" Swank is overeager and humorless, and I got tired of looking at her big choppers, but for all that I liked her. "
" Swank's purity of essence is nicely paired with Rockwell, who is more arch and complicated and would look guilty doing mission work in Mumbai. It's a special quality Rockwell has. "
" It's a solid if somewhat straightforward story of sacrifice and allegiance. "
" Tony Goldwyn's Conviction tells a great story that deserves a great movie, but settles for a mediocre one. "
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