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Based on 6 Reviews
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  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The film is not exactly a documentary, and not quite a period horror movie either. But it has elements of both. At its best, it's hypnotic and provocative. show more

  • 67
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It's a parade of insanity, murder, suicide, arson and crimes of passion; delivered in a style as sardonic and tongue-in-cheek as a Vincent Price monologue; complemented by deadpan narration that keeps injecting inappropriate bits of civic boosterism. show more

  • 42
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    Takes a fabulous idea and overplays it, making an average picture out of some truly extraordinary material. show more

  • 60
    Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader

    Chillingly beautiful cinematography makes the state's landscapes appear timeless as it sets the stage for a grim history told with archival portraits. show more

  • 30
    Bill Gallo New Times (L.A.)

    Marsh's flat-footed recitation of Believe It or Not crimes grows tedious, and his condescension to present-day citizens of the town (implying they're as grotesque and doomed as ever) rings false. show more

  • 20
    Hazel-Dawn Dumpert L.A. Weekly

    What could have been a fascinating exploration of geographical mayhem becomes instead an exercise in tedium. show more

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