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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year's most important documentaries, a real must-see. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Meticulously researched documentary. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact. show more

  • 88
    Aaron Hillis 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. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 70
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Provides lethal evidence of what becomes of those who deposit their sincerity into the command of a religious lunatic. show more

  • 91
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    A riveting and impeccably researched documentary. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Stanley Nelson's documentary shows how a religion becomes a cult, and how people are deceived by an ideal. show more

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