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Rated R · 107 minutes · 2010

Biography, Drama
Although both Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell have turned in noteworthy performances before, Rockwell tried too hard with Conviction; perhaps he took the title as an instruction. The family/prison drama might be based on a true story, but it winds up so similar to other stories of last-minute redemption that, even if it were sustainable in other ways, the film could, at best, only be considered above-average. Swank suits the reheated material much better than Rockwell, whose intensity is the wrong flavor for the movie—or maybe it’s the other way around. Conviction is a basic-cable movie in more-expensive packaging.


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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/conviction
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Writer: Pamela Gray
Producer: Andrew Sugerman, Andrew S. Karsch, Tony Goldwyn, Hilary Swank, Markus Barmettler, Alwyn Kushner, James Smith, Anthony Callie and Myles Nestel
Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Conor Donovan, Owen Campbell and Juliette Lewis

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Conviction, Race Across the Sky 2010 and more. 10/28/2010
The Coast Halifax Confused Conviction Hillary Swank fits perfectly as a crusader, but the film is half-hearted in all but its attempt to look serious. by Mark Palermo 11/04/2010
Charleston City Paper Hilary Swank fights for a new cause In Conviction, brother and sister Kenny (Sam Rockwell) and Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) have the kind of fierce devotion to each other more often seen in movie lovers or mafioso. Their connection is undoubtedly forged in a difficult childhood: a negligent mother, nowhere-to-be-seen fathers, and a painful separation courtesy of the foster care system. by Felicia Feaster 10/27/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent Boredom in the court: Conviction Do not expect much in the way of poetic nuance here, for there is only belaboring. by Jonathan Kiefer 10/28/2010
Boise Weekly Two Hits, One Miss At TIFF Three very different historical biopics made North American premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this past week. Two succeeded. And the one that didn't may have let the facts get in the way of good drama. by George Prentice 09/15/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 29 Woody Allen, Jigsaw, Hilary Swank and some special screenings. It's all at the movies. 10/29/2010
Memphis Flyer Brother’s Keeper Conviction is a courtroom drama more focused on family than crime. by Greg Akers 10/28/2010
Creative Loafing Atlanta Review: Conviction Hilary Swank's scrappy performance can't defend one-note film by Curt Holman 10/22/2010
East Bay Express Hilary Swank Coasts Through Conviction Meanwhile, mumblecore epic Douchebag sneaks up on us. by Kelly Vance 10/20/2010
Boise Weekly Conviction In a little more than a month, the National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Associations all begin revealing their lineups of the best of 2010. by George Prentice 10/27/2010
Portland Mercury The Fight for Right Hilary Swank nobly picks apart the justice system in Conviction. by Marjorie Skinner 10/21/2010

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