Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Intense, fact-based crime drama celebrates family ties.

R 2010 107 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 15+

Absolutely wonderful!

Conviction was a very good film!! Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell were amazing together. Lots of popular actors in this one that I didn't see coming...I love Minnie Driver and her character was fun-loving and I didn't expect to see Juliette Lewis who also did a fantastic job (Clea Duval is another one!). The movie is very sad sometimes especially the fact that it's based on a true story. It deals with lots of family drama and a courageous woman who would give her life for her brother. Growing up in a bad environment and being sent to over seven foster homes, Betty (Swank) and her brother Kenneth (Rockwell) only had each other, they were best friends and looked out for one another. Everything seemed to work out as adults, Betty has a nice family with two great sons but a non-supportive husband causes a divorce. Kenneth has a baby girl. One day, for no explanation at all, Kenneth was wrongly accused of a crime he never committed. It drives Betty crazy to see her brother go through life in prison, so she decides to become a lawyer! No matter how long it takes (ended up taking 18 years), she's determined to prove that he is innocent. The violence includes fighting, lots of arguing, a man shows his slit wrists from trying to commit suicide, close children (brother and sister) separated with screaming and crying, gory photos of a murdered woman. Language is very strong with lots of f-words, sh*t, b*tch, [email protected] and more. Sexual content is mild but has nudity at a bar of a man who strips for comedy but you see him from behind (bare butt and everything), a few kisses by a married couple. There is smoking and drinking (man gets tipsy at a bar). GREAT messages and role models. Overall, wonderful film, a definite must see. 15+ viewers.

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age 12+

A must see movie

Great movie about a heartbreaking situation for the Waters family.

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