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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A long documentary that's very hard to watch - at times, it's harrowing. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Berg's film, which she wrote with Billy McMillin, tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost-the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Certainly, the West Memphis 3 deserve more chances to detail how the justice system went nightmarishly awry. But take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Although it's the fourth documentary about the West Memphis Three, West of Memphis doesn't feel superfluous. This bizarre case rates at least 18 documentaries - one for each year Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley spent in prison for murders they clearly didn't commit. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Do we need a fourth film? Yes, I think we do. If you only see one of them, this is the one to choose, because it has the benefit of hindsight. show more

  • 88
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    While the “Paradise Lost” films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, West of Memphis has the luxury of at least partial closure. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    A strong, blood-boiling documentary from director Amy Berg, who made the similarly fine "Deliver Us From Evil". show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie leaves you feeling angry and frustrated anyway. And justice for all? Hardly. show more

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