World-renowned civil rights defence attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.
Just Mercy is a straightforward, no-frills drama that does have an undeniably emotive effect.The Guardian
While there’s no disputing the urgency of the subject matter, and the real-life Stevenson’s contribution to the legal system, Cretton’s earnest biopic plays it safe, turning the remarkable source material into a run-of-the-mill courtroom drama, lacking the spark which made his directorial debut Short Term 12 feel so exciting.Little White Lies
It turns out this material doesn’t need fancy tricks when it has Michael B. Jordan, who brings such credible drive as the indefatigable Stevenson he practically carries the movie across the finish line by himself.IndieWire
Jordan brings his ever-ready charisma to bear as American activist lawyer Bryan Stevenson, inspiring a comparably strong turn from Jamie Foxx as a framed murder convict in Destin Daniel Creton’s impassioned, upstanding adaptation of Stevenson’s memoir.Sight & Sound
While the dramatic tension of Just Mercy depends on the sheer shamelessness of local government and the community’s inability to acknowledge the truth of McMillian’s innocence, its vitality comes from subtler poetic touches.The Atlantic