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100
One of the year's most important documentaries, a real must-see.
91
Portland Oregonian
A riveting and impeccably researched documentary.
88
New York Post
Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
88
Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact.
88
Premiere
A conventional but genuinely heartrending exposé of the Indiana boy who grew to be a powerful religious cult leader, director Stanley Nelson's thoroughly researched doc is not a posthumous character assassination, which would be all too easy and unnecessary.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait.
75
Harrowing and inexorable, the film recaptures the progressive insanity of Jim Jones and the hundreds of worshipers in his thrall, and it certainly gives you willies to last for days.
75
New York Daily News
Meticulously researched documentary.
75
Stanley Nelson's documentary shows how a religion becomes a cult, and how people are deceived by an ideal.
70
Provides lethal evidence of what becomes of those who deposit their sincerity into the command of a religious lunatic.
58
Entertainment Weekly
The Peoples Temple congregation was sizably African-American. But when it comes to how those followers turned into a zombie Kool-Aid death cult, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple leaves you with more questions than you went in with.

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