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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A superb documentary. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Not since "Memento" has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    In the entertainment culture that surrounds us, words like "harrowing," "anguishing," "unfathomable" or "horrifying" don't sell movie tickets. Capturing the Friedmans is all of these things and more. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This extraordinary film refracts truth through the prism of memory, until what you get is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, full of sacrifice and betrayal. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Utterly compelling account of a true-life criminal investigation where "truth" can never be pinned down. show more

  • 100
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The more you learn, the more questions you have about life in that Great Neck house. Leo Tolstoy wrote that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion," but not even he could have invented the Friedmans. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A compulsively watchable movie that's also a provocative inquiry into the ability of the criminal-justice system to determine culpability and truth. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    This remarkable, continually surprising documentary turns out to be something far richer and more complex, closer in spirit to "Crumb," another devastating film about a family's gradual self-destruction. show more

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