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When Betty Anne Waters‘ older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice, Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor, meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.
Drama Thriller - This is a fact-based drama aimed at adult moviegoers, especially
women. Fans of star Hilary Swank will have plenty to savor. Some
violent content and constant language make the film inappropriate for
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 15 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Some hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Conviction can make a case, but nothing in the story or its telling elevates it above that which has already been provided in other, better motion pictures.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The story generates that kind of urgency we feel when a character is obviously right and is up against stupidity and meanness. It delivers.
USA TodayFull Review Good Only partly a courtroom drama, Conviction is a straightforward narrative that unfolds rather predictably. It nonetheless emerges as a potent inspirational story on the strength of its two lead performances.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
We collected moviegoer reviews at four showings of "Conviction" and were only able to collect 65 reviews. This movie isn't bringing in much of a crowd but it should. As these reviews show, "Conviction" is a GREAT MOVIE! Virtually everyone enjoyed it very much with well over half absolutely loving it. DON'T MISS "CONVICTION."
The true story of Betty Anne Waters (two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary
Swank), a seemingly
ordinary, working-class woman who embarked on an extraordinary 18-year quest to
achieve the impossible when her brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) was accused of a heinous murder he
swore he didn't commit.
Betty Anne was an unemployed high school dropout and a struggling single mom
with none of the resources needed to fight a long legal battle. But that didn't
stop her. In an act of unwavering faith and devotion, she dedicated her entire
life - sacrificing everything else - to freeing Kenny. Putting her fears and
doubts aside, she first earned her high school diploma then her college degree.
Finally she went to law school and passed the bar exam in two states, focused on
representing the brother she had promised in their rough-and-tumble childhood
she‘d never abandon.
As Kenny tried to hang on in prison in his increasingly dark world, Betty Anne
doggedly followed the shoddy evidence that had put him behind bars, following up
on every clue that might possibly hold a key to proving his innocence.