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Clemency (2019)

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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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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (26)

I hate the amateur quarterbacking I'm about to engage in, but that [Woodard's] performance did not merit an Academy Award nomination is damning.

January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

While admittedly spartan in its stylistic approach, Clemency is wrenching in its performances and direction.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one.

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

Much of "Clemency" is told through the facial expressions of Woodard, an actor of the highest calibre who knows the most powerful stories are often the ones that need the fewest words to tell.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The title of "Clemency" refers to the mercy extended to a prisoner, but it's the wisdom of this grave and sorrowful drama to spread the meaning to everyone in its view.

January 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Woodard's performance as a woman at the point of cracking is the reason to see this film.

January 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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