Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan, Creed II) tries to free an innocent man (Jamie Foxx) from death row in this biopic based on Stephenson's memoir. Academy Award winner Brie Larson co-stars.

"Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard law graduate, turns his back on more comfortable and lucrative work, returning south to help prisoners in Monroe County, Alabama. With the help of Eva Ansley (Larson), a local equally committed to prisoner's rights, he sets up a small office to take on the most challenging of cases — death row inmates. It's 1989, but walking into the W.C. Holman Correctional Facility is like stepping back into the South before Civil Rights. Walter McMillian (Foxx) was arrested for killing a white woman, pushed through a shoddy trial, then deposited on death row, where he joined other desperate men who may or may not have committed the crimes that landed them there. The local authorities are actively indifferent to the truth of these men's cases, but Stevenson and Ansley are determined to hold the justice system accountable." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2020Rating: M, Mature themes136 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
87%
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Just Right!

"Just Mercy" is an investment in raw emotion and a victory for the wrongfully accused against terrible injustice. It's not to be said that every man (or black man) on death row is blameless, but Destin Daniel Cretton's film takes a solid swipe not at the death penalty itself but at the clear and present breach of a system that has become draconian. More...

5.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Simply told with limited theatrics and anchored by some weighty vulnerable performances, Just Mercy is an excellent 4.5 star watch.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Stevenson was one of the film’s producers and its director, Hawaiian-born Destin Daniel Cretton, has fashioned a straightforward, if simplified, translation of his book, resisting any flourishes to concentrate on the facts, which is fair enough since they need no embellishment.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Just Mercy heads into horrifying territory, and its moments of ritual humiliation are powerful, particularly when the injustice befalls characters you expect to be immune. Despite being less than the sum of its parts, Just Mercy delivers visceral scenes that ought to make your blood boil.

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

....this legal drama manages to balance hard truths with an unwaveringly empathetic eye.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Although conventional in its approach, the film is a forceful reckoning of a broken legal system.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sturdy example of this genre, in which persistence and faith lead to the righting of terrible wrongs, it will likely move younger viewers who haven't seen many like it.

Variety

Variety

press

There were moments you wish it was shorter. Yet if the chain of courtroom battles at the end spin around facts we already know, what's unpredictable is the human factor.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Just Mercy is a straightforward, no-frills drama that does have an undeniably emotive effect.

3.0
Collider

Collider

press

Destin Daniel Cretton's adaption of Bryan Stevenson's memoir is a populist cry to recognise racial injustice as systemic rather than interpersonal.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Just Mercy" is a handsome, impeccably mounted tribute to his activism and also his fellow advocates.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Just Mercy pays noble credit to a specifically remarkable man.

Newshub

Newshub

press

Simply told with limited theatrics and anchored by some weighty vulnerable performances, Just Mercy is an excellent 4.5 star watch.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Stevenson was one of the film’s producers and its director, Hawaiian-born Destin Daniel Cretton, has fashioned a straightforward, if simplified, translation of his book, resisting any flourishes to concentrate on the facts, which is fair enough since they need no embellishment.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Just Mercy heads into horrifying territory, and its moments of ritual humiliation are powerful, particularly when the injustice befalls characters you expect to be immune. Despite being less than the sum of its parts, Just Mercy delivers visceral scenes that ought to make your blood boil.

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

....this legal drama manages to balance hard truths with an unwaveringly empathetic eye.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Although conventional in its approach, the film is a forceful reckoning of a broken legal system.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sturdy example of this genre, in which persistence and faith lead to the righting of terrible wrongs, it will likely move younger viewers who haven't seen many like it.

Variety

Variety

press

There were moments you wish it was shorter. Yet if the chain of courtroom battles at the end spin around facts we already know, what's unpredictable is the human factor.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Just Mercy is a straightforward, no-frills drama that does have an undeniably emotive effect.

3.0
Collider

Collider

press

Destin Daniel Cretton's adaption of Bryan Stevenson's memoir is a populist cry to recognise racial injustice as systemic rather than interpersonal.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Just Mercy" is a handsome, impeccably mounted tribute to his activism and also his fellow advocates.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Just Mercy pays noble credit to a specifically remarkable man.

Just Right!

"Just Mercy" is an investment in raw emotion and a victory for the wrongfully accused against terrible injustice. It's not to be said that every man (or black man) on death row is blameless, but Destin Daniel Cretton's film takes a solid swipe not at the death penalty itself but at the clear and present breach of a system that has become draconian. More...

5.0