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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Worth seeing, both for the ways it's timeless and for the ways it encapsulates an era. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 90
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Its greatest advantage over the book is that this is a story well-documented in moving pictures. In addition to recent interviews with the five, the filmmakers deftly marshal news footage, clips from the supposed confessions, and trenchant analysis. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The case transfixed a racially polarized New York City. The teens were labeled as a "wolf pack" by the news media, led by the New York tabloids. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    An unusually good documentary about an outlandish miscarriage of justice. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    If the second hour or so isn't as strong as the first, it's because the filmmaking fails to rise to the injustice that's befallen its subjects since their exoneration. It can't, really. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Ultimately fails to make its case that five teenagers were sent to jail for a crime they didn't commit solely because of institutional racism. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The attention to detail is fine-grained, especially on the slippery slope of plea bargaining. Missing are two pieces that might have turned this into an urban classic. show more

  • December 09, 2012 xx00000000133618
    Report This User

    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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