Justice

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Released 2004

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Director:
John Shulman
Released:
2004
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Justice, released in 2004, highlights the struggles of one lawyer against the inequalities of the American legal system. When Carter (Roger Guenveur Smith), an inner city public defender, refuses to take a plea bargain for his client, he feels the wrath of his superiors. On the home front, he faces increasing pressure from his wife, Sharice (Monica Calhoun), to join a big-name law firm and make a move with their two children from the city to the relative tranquility of the suburbs. Carter follows his conscience and opens his own inner city law office to do battle for real justice in a system fraught with corruption, in the name of those who cannot fight for themselves. The ensuing drama follows the idealistic Carter's tribulations when his firm launches a direct-action campaign against the unfair courts, as well as his parallel personal struggle to keep his fracturing family safe and together at any cost.

Metacritic Score

  • 63

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Most of the supporting cast (including Daphne Rubin-Vega and Michael Jai White) underwhelms. Still, Palladino is a strong lead, and there's no denying the film's emotional core.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Generally low-key and likable, thanks mainly to a talented cast.

  • 50

    TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

    Writer-director Erik Palladino's admirably subtle bit of chronological trickery allows his small-scale drama, set in 9/11 New York, to deliver a sucker-punch of an ending.

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    Legal, African-American Drama