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Confirmation (2016)



Critic Consensus: Stellar performances and gripping subject matter help Confirmation overcome production values that occasionally feel as dated as the infamous real-life case it covers.

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The confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) become a media spectacle when his former colleague Anita Hill (Kerry Washington) accuses the Supreme Court Justice nominee of sexual harassment. Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) directed this political drama for HBO Films, with Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, and Jennifer Hudson co-starring.

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Kerry Washington
as Anita Hill
Wendell Pierce
as Clarence Thomas
Greg Kinnear
as Joe Biden
Alison Wright
as Virginia Thomas
Eric Stonestreet
as Kenneth Duberstein
Jeffrey Wright
as Charles Ogletree
Jennifer Hudson
as Angela Wright
Dylan Baker
as Orrin Hatch
Erika Christensen
as Shirley Wiegand
Peter McRobbie
as Alan Simpson
Bill Irwin
as John Danforth
Treat Williams
as Ted Kennedy
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Strom Thurmond
Tom Virtue
as Patrick Leahy
Peter Trencher
as Paul Simon
Dan Bright
as Dennis DeConcini
Kristen Ariza
as Judy Smith
Daniel Sauli
as Chris Levanthal
Avis-Marie Barnes
as Emma Coleman Jordan
Leslie Sharp
as Janet Napolitano
Tom Nowicki
as John Frank
Rhoda Griffis
as Judith Resnik
Mystie Smith
as Michelle Roberts
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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (32)

The beauty of Confirmation, which premiered on HBO on April 16, is that it posits that this confused reception on the part of the American people was precisely what many who sat on the Senate judiciary committee and directed the hearings had in mind.

February 10, 2021 | Full Review…

"Confirmation" soars when it shows how badly a group of middle-aged white male senators fumbled the race and gender issues raised by Hill's allegations.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Confirmation registers upon revisit as something far more interesting and evocative than a historical moment's dutiful retelling.

September 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The proceedings riveted America and brought sexual harassment and workplace equality into the forefront of our conversation. Of course we know how this case ends too... but that doesn't make reliving it any less fascinating, or important.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Save for a few scenes that feel like overkill just to give us a little bit more intrigue and suspense, Confirmation feels true to the spirit of the events, which were bizarre, unsettling - and undeniably entertaining.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The case for Anita Hill -- and all the unknown Anita Hills -- is argued persuasively in "Confirmation," a dutiful, solidly entertaining drama that effectively stirs the viewer's righteous indignation.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…
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