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Just Mercy (2020)



Critic Consensus: Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy.

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A powerful and thought-provoking true story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.

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Michael B. Jordan
as Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx
as Walter McMillian
Brie Larson
as Eva Ansley
Rob Morgan
as Herbert Richardson
Tim Blake Nelson
as Ralph Myers
Karan Kendrick
as Minnie McMillian
Rafe Spall
as Tommy Champan
O'Shea Jackson, Jr.
as Anthony Ray Hinton
Rhoda Griffis
as Judge Pamela Bachab
Darrell Britt-Gibson
as Darnell Houston
Steve Coulter
as Judge Buren
Elizabeth Becka
as Mrs. Franklin
Claire Bronson
as Mrs. Chapman
Tonea Stewart
as Mrs. Coleman
Lindsay Ayliffe
as Judge Foster
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All Critics (306) | Top Critics (79)

Foxx does his best work in a decade. For the charismatic Jordan, who puts in a tone-setting nuanced turn here, Just Mercy arrives between Creed II and Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. Let's hope he sticks with the "one for them, one for me" formula.

February 11, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Just Mercy" is solid, meat-and-potatoes docudrama filmmaking, if you don't mind a first-rate story of systemic injustice undercut by second-rate dialogue.

February 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's both rage-inducing and awe-inspiring; the courage conveyed by the protagonists is a balm on the sting of injustice.

February 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Unlike many movies "based on a true story," "Just Mercy" sticks close to the facts of the case - for the simple reason that the facts are drama enough.

February 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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It's competently made... Thought has been put into this production, and again, I'm completely a hundred percent on the side of everything it has to say. I just don't think it's a very good movie.

March 19, 2020 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Just Mercy is a deeply moving film, a human story about injustice and justice and how intangible and ephemeral they both really are.

February 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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