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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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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…

Ms. Woodard is superb, as always, in a role that sets up a formidable barrier between character and audience. We understand what's happening to Bernadine, but it's hard to have any sense of dramatic release because her repression is almost unrelenting.

January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The movie's moral and emotional burden rests on the capable shoulders of Alfre Woodard.

January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

This is screen acting of a very rare sort, and Clemency is a vital emotional powerhouse sorely deserving of being seen.

December 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Clemency" is remarkable for the understanding it affords to all involved with its wrenching subject matter.

December 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Clemency does what few other movies about death row have, handling a thorny, infinitely complicated subject in terms that are neither moralizing nor melodramatic.

December 28, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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