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A powerful and thought-provoking true story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds and the system stacked against them.


  • Brie Larson
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Jamie Foxx
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Rafe Spall
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Rob Morgan
  • Rhoda Griffis
  • Andrene Ward-Hammond
  • Drew Scheid

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  • Based on the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.
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Sep 8, 2019

A straightforward biopic ... The film's edge is somewhat dulled by respect for its subject, who's drawn here as more hero than man.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 8, 2019

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

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International
Sep 8, 2019

Cretton has made and will make subtler movies, but probably none that will prompt as many mid-screening rounds of applause.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond