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The Central Park Five

Not Rated In Theaters 11/23/2012 , 120min.
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75%
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79%
Critic score based on 20 reviews

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December 09, 2012
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A meticulous and dramtic account of the foibles of the justice system, the media, and \"we\" the people. A human tragedy.

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The Hollywood Reporter
A meticulously reported chronicle of a case that shook New York in 1989 and remains a mark of shame on the city ten years after the convictions were vacated, the film incisively documents a travesty of justice that echoes the infamous Scottsboro Boys railroading of the 1930s. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
It's a different city today, in a country that sees its racial and social divides with more clarity than it did back then. But the most troubling question the film raises is how clearly we may see even now. Full Review
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
It projects equal parts fury and despair as it reveals how a particular group of individuals was caught in the unforgiving gears of the criminal justice system. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn't this an outrage? Full Review

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