88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Emerges as a potent inspirational story on the strength of its two lead performances.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The ever-magnetic Sam Rockwell is Kenny, Minnie Driver is full of beans as Betty Anne's best friend, Melissa Leo is wicked good as an ornery cop, and, in her two chewy scenes, Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a noble enterprise, and a remarkable story, but it's not a movie that will set you free.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's an amazing story, one that would seem too far-fetched if it weren't true.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Sam Rockwell has yet to find a movie as good as he is (Moon comes closest). He's still looking.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
What Conviction lacks in characterization (the people here are monochromes - bright ones, but monochromes nonetheless) it makes up for with personality.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Some of the movie's most stirring scenes take place during Betty Anne's prison visits, when the laughter has stopped and her innocent brother contemplates his shattered life.
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50

NPR

By Scott Tobias
What's really missing from Conviction are the thorny questions it refuses to take up with any depth.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.