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  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Film makers Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker dig deep into the story and its ramifications, exposing how the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism combined to foment institutional injustice, and led — if a silver lining could be found — to the triumphs of the civil-rights movement two and three decades later. show more

  • 52
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    As fascinating as the case is as history, however, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a TV show, not a movie. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    All emerge as vivid historical figures in this lucid account. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A well-researched picture of how racism led to nine men being falsely accused and wrongly convicted. One only wishes that the filmmakers had more than 84 minutes in which to tell the story. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker have done a tremendous job of sorting the facts from a tangle of fictions, and include perspectives from a wide variety of experts and testimonies from a surprising number of surviving eyewitnesses. Together, they do the whole, horrible episode justice, something awfully hard to come by in the state of Alabama in 1931. show more

  • 80
    Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The first full-scale documentary about the history of those years, and it lays out lucidly the involvement of the Communist Party in the young men's defense and the ways in which the trials, against the backdrop of the Depression, replayed the murderous quarrels of the Civil War all over again. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The filmmakers know how potent the material is, and they don't hammer away at the obvious. show more

  • 70
    Amy Taubin Village Voice

    Goodman and Anker adroitly shape a cohesive drama out of a complicated history. show more

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