After Innocence Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An advertorial rather than a solid piece of investigative journalism.
Kam Williams
WBAI Web Radio
February 5, 2007
Documentary shines a scientific spotlight on the criminal justice system's dirty little secret via ten tragic cases of mistaken identity, each an unfortunate rush to judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 15, 2006
Both sorrowful and uplifting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
A rough but engrossing sketch of what freedom feels like, and what it costs, for seven men who've endured that national nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 7, 2006
The scope of the problem, with likely thousands of innocent people incarcerated thanks mostly to errant eyewitness testimony, should give pause to anyone who thinks that life is as simple as black and white, innocent and guilty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2006
After Innocence is a crusading documentary driven by DNA testing that's brought freedom for men who served years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2006
Eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 9, 2006
You'll probably like it and wish it were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 4, 2006
Despite its flaws After Innocence raises staggering questions about virtually every aspect of the criminal-justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 3, 2006
This is no-frills filmmaking and may be a little talky, but it's also very well-made, powerful stuff, and it should be seen by anyone who has questions about the American justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 3, 2006
After Innocence is, without making it overly obvious, anti-death penalty on the grounds that a just society cannot afford to make any mistakes that we cannot attempt to rectify.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 3, 2006
[The] stories of injustice and perseverence [will] stick in the memory after watching this uncluttered and compelling film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 27, 2006
...terrific agitprop journalism/analysis...
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 11, 2006
Sanders has an important message, unfortunately diluted by unimaginative shooting and insufficient editing.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 10, 2006
Informative (we learn, for example, that exonerees are generally given no follow-up assistance upon release, as parolees are) and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 10, 2006
Not a special pleader but is fairly special, because Sanders gives it the pressure of straight moral conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 9, 2006
The embittered men make fascinating subjects. Although innocent, they have been deeply scarred by their prison years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 3, 2006
Each lost face in the documentary is a burning reminder of the human toll when our justice system succumbs to its imperfections.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 3, 2006
Sanders is more interested in specific human struggles than in larger political points, but she knows these men form a mosaic with a message that's unmistakable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 21, 2006
[Documaker] Jennifer Sanders builds a solid foundation in making the point that, sometimes, our system of justice does the wrong thing, no matter how well meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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