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Capturing the Friedmans Reviews

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Jeremy Heilman

A document that, much like the denial-stricken members of the Friedman clan, seems to have become so clouded by bias that it refuses to look for the truths in front of it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2003
Joshua Tanzer

Not convincingly redeemed by any ultimate meaning, the film remains essentially a car wreck by the side of the road that we compulsively gawk at as we cruise by.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 2/4

July 15, 2003
Jesse Hassenger

Contrived and movieish.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This is finally a particularly naked and invasive form of voyeurism, The Real World for the PBS crowd.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

June 12, 2003
Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Captivating and intense. Mature teens+.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette insane document, a slice of life that we probably should never have seen. But now that we have seen it, it's too late to deny its crippling poignancy...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

January 2, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Disturbing and haunting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 6, 2003
James Berardinelli
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In the end, while Jarecki may not be able to answer our most basic questions about the guilt or innocence of the Friedmans, he makes a profound statement that, in situations like this, no one can be completely innocent and everyone is a victim.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The MPAA doesn't have a rating for queasy-making and heartbreaking. If it did, then Capturing the Friedmans would carry an advisory.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 22, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A vividly personal, devastating story of a family that was hopelessly compromised years before it was scapegoated for crimes that two of its members may or may not have committed.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 12, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Surprise after surprise unravels, changing our take on the whole situation.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2003
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

The Friedmans aren't merely captured for the audience -- they're stripped naked, then left to hop up and down on a bed of emotional hot coals.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A

September 19, 2003
James Rocchi

When a community put a family under suspicion, they put themselves on-camera -- and this documentary shows it all.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

May 29, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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For certain, things are never black or white, always gray. Yet after viewing this film, one is persuaded that even gray has many shades and hues.

May 29, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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June 26, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You may never see a film more explosive, frank and upsetting.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 4/4

June 27, 2003
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

inspires in the viewer something which was conspicuously absent from the original trial - reasonable doubt.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

April 2, 2004
Eric D. Snider

It is more intriguing than a lot of fiction, and told in a more compelling manner than most film stories.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

March 1, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's like watching a horrible train wreck.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

June 23, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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October 18, 2008

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July 2, 2003

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July 3, 2003

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April 6, 2004

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June 24, 2006

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June 18, 2012
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