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Clemency (2019)



Critic Consensus: Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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Alfre Woodard
as Warden Bernadine Williams
Aldis Hodge
as Anthony Woods
Wendell Pierce
as Jonathan Williams
Richard Schiff
as Marty Lumetta
LaMonica Garrett
as Major Logan Cartwright
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Clemency is one of those deliberately harrowing movies that leaves you feeling elated. The very precision of the film-making gives you a sense of hope.

July 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The moral and ethical debates around the death penalty rarely touch on the toll it takes on the people involved, but that's the grey area writer-director Chinonye Chukwu explores with a humanist's touch and an keen ear for all her characters.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a towering performance from Woodard, her career masterpiece, and she is first among equals in an outstanding cast.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Woodard's, obviously, is the talking-point performance, a ridiculously nuanced turn that will keep drama students occupied for years.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Moving. Woodard is superb. A good way to spend your time.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Once or twice, the script falls prey to underlining. More often, the story speaks for itself, accompanied by stark, eloquent visual choices.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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