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Based on 11 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Without becoming a screed for victims' rights, the riveting film shows how in the face of terrible events a grieving parent is galvanized into activism. show more

  • 100

    Masterfully put together. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A gut-wrenching experience. show more

  • 90
    Film Threat

    The film's overall result is a document of towering, devastating emotional impact. show more

  • 83
    Portland Oregonian

    You can't help getting emotionally involved, and as the central outrage -- a case of judicial negligence that would seem unbelievable in a work of fiction -- plays out, you feel the pain and anger that Bagby's family and friends experienced. Then the story takes a final, horrible twist that's almost too much to endure. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The facts are so awful that Dear Zacharycan be forgiven much of its antsiness--as a memorial, as a condolence to Bagby’s parents (who became activists for judicial reform in their late son's honor), and as a howl of grief. show more

  • 90
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    Among the most enraging (documentaries) I've ever seen, and while it's fine and heartfelt and I commend it to those of you with strong constitutions, it is the film that has finally broken me. show more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times

    An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Kuenne lovingly assembles home-movie footage and new interviews, while deftly borrowing a narrative trick from fiction--the plot twist--to create a true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. show more

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