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80

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100
Empire
Prepare to be shocked, disturbed, awed... and, if you expected justice to prevail at last, ultimately devastated.
100
Village Voice
That makes this the most rare of films: one that indisputably matters. And one that stuns.
90
Amy Berg's clear, captivating, indignant film carves out its own significant place in criminal-justice cinema, makes new and startling revelations into the triple-murder mystery, and is visually spectacular to boot.
88
This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.
80
Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made.
80
A superbly detailed account of a notorious miscarriage of justice and how it was gradually unravelled. It's a tad overlong, but the passion, skill and revelations on display will captivate you.
80
A gripping documentary.
75
Slant Magazine
By taking a disturbing and sometimes conflicted look at the prejudices that led to the West Memphis Three's imprisonment, it asks murky questions about how people could get something so wrong for so long.
40
Time Out
Berlinger and Sinofksy merely suggested Hobbs might be responsible for the crime; Berg goes in for the kill, inconclusive evidence and docu-ethics be damned. The queasy certainty with which the filmmaker jumps to her conclusions, however, is all too reminiscent of the original prosecutors' zeal. It's hard to imagine how someone could study this case for so long and yet miss its most critical lesson.
40
Certainly, the West Memphis 3 deserve more chances to detail how the justice system went nightmarishly awry. But take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.

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