(II) (2010)

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Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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.
Boxoffice Magazine
A stirring, unforgettable motion picture experience, a superbly acted and courageous story of one woman who made a difference.
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.
Filled with nuance, intricate emotion and a refreshing absence of melodramatics, Conviction is a moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair. Its impact cannot easily be shaken.
In Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity.
The strongest, most consistent performance is provided by Sam Rockwell, who displays a wide and convincing range of emotions.
The story is so bounteous that Goldwyn can't quite get a grip on it.
Although fiercely committed performances by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell provide director Tony Goldwyn's film with a core of emotional integrity, a less heavy-handed, more informative approach would have served them and the audience better.
Village Voice
In all fairness, Swank's unsubtle performance is often an extension of the bluntly dumb lines she and other cast members must deliver.
For those of us with a love of actorly indulgence, though, the film is a treasure trove, filled with enough molten-gold performances to gild a thousand Oscars.

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