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The Unforgivable (2021)



Critic Consensus: The Unforgivable proves Sandra Bullock is more than capable of playing against type, but her performance is wasted on a contrived and unrelentingly grim story.

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Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind.


Critic Reviews for The Unforgivable

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (23)

In the 1970s, this would have been a film with Jimmy Caan directed by John Cassavetes, and it would have seemed much more true.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…

This is awfully contrived, melodramatic, and nonsensical.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…

The original allows for variations in mood, while also giving its characters lives outside the narrow constraints of the main game. The film, in contrast, is all business and a bit of a plod. It's time for Bullock to cheer up.

December 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's a good reason this story was once told as a miniseries: that's a lot of plot for a movie that clocks in at just under two hours.

December 14, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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A dreadful and dreary melodrama.... despite Bullock's noble efforts to play against type, "The Unforgivable" is largely forgettable.

December 10, 2021 | Full Review…

A glum show of flashbacks scored by strings that keen as though Ruth's conscience is rubbing a wet finger on a glass of water.

December 10, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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