Conviction Synopsis
A woman (Hilary Swank) earns a law degree to free her brother (Sam Rockwell) from prison.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Emerges as a potent inspirational story on the strength of its two lead performances.
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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"Conviction"--An Oscar-worthy Film

By kellyhead2010
"Conviction" is the best movie I've seen this year. It's been quite some time since I've watched such a quality film as this. Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, and Juliette Lewis were at their very best....


By delilah333
This is a "must-see." Hilary Swank is truly one of the great actresses of our time. Kudos to Sam Rockwell and Juliette Lewis, and Minnie Driver who deserves a best supporting actress nomination. She...

Tear Jerker

By Mister Right
Even though you know what's going to happen in this movie, you are still suckered in by the strong performances. After all nobody plays "trailer-park" better than Swank and Juliette Lewis. Swank...


By loucin
We both loved the movie...

UNEQUIVOCALLY A MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By irishgland
This should win every imaginable award. Very moving, very touching, impeccable performances etc, A MUST SEE HANDS DOWN!!!...


By planetmark
The human drama is played out in full force with this stellar cast. Hillary Swank Juillette Lewis, Sam Rockwell to name a few. Oh, and I predict a best supporting nod for Juillette Lewis. She...

An Interesting & Inspiring Film

By Vidal_Benbasat
Definitely go see this movie based on a true story.. The creators did a good job genuinely portraying an incredible woman's determination to prove her brothers innocence. She spent 18 years fighting...

Powerful true story that is unbelievable -- just the lengths that a sister would do to clear her brother's name

By Moviefanatic35
By the end of this movie, I think it is rather impossible to not be moved by the sheer strength and relentlessness of Betty, played with greatness by Hilary Swank. Its a sad story but an against all...


By Sage_One
Beyond the fact that the storyline reveals the love between siblings, I think the film has much to say about principle, belief, and the search for truth. Often times, these ideas seem to conflict,...

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By matmanfox
Fun but if this movie changes your life then reevaluate your life...

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Rated R | For language and some violent images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Intense, fact-based crime drama celebrates family ties.
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