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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.


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 (40) | Top Critics (7)

Clemency's end credits arrive with relief, not because we're unengaged but because, unlike Bernadine, we're finally allowed to breathe.

September 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chukwu's film is further proof that great moviemaking is key to bringing audiences into profound, somber head spaces.

February 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If Chukwu just wants the audience to witness Bernadine's burden, the script overplays its hand by questioning Anthony's guilty conviction.

February 4, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

With visual austerity and not an ounce of sentimentality, Chukwu transforms a character study into an indictment of institutionalized murder.

February 1, 2019 | Full Review…

A mature star-driven vehicle elevated by a brilliant performance that deserves all the awards it can get.

February 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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With quiet power and austere visuals, "Clemency" captures the unbearable atmosphere of offices and corridors suffused with the stench of death.

January 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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