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Crime After Crime (2011)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

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Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case... -- (C) Official Site


Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Apr 24, 2012

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

Deeply flawed.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Yoav Potash's moving, vivid documentary "Crime After Crime" will make you both angry and tearful, sometimes at the same time.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Though rife with talking-head interviews and straightforwardly shot, the movie is quietly riveting and cumulatively galling.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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This emotionally affecting documentary will move you like few films this year, thanks to a luminous heroine and an unlikely but appealing trio who work tirelessly to release her from prison.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Some movies prove so eye-opening that a viewer may feel the urge to recount the story, start to finish, to friends and acquaintances. "Crime After Crime" is that kind of film.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film. But the story it chronicles is important, and its emotional impact is undeniable.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Director Yoav Potash acts as a true advocate for the battered women's movement in this involving doc.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

"Crime After Crime" is such an astonishing story - you won't believe the twists and turns Peagler's case takes - that the movie holds up.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Any hopes that America's judicial system is improving are dashed in this gripping documentary about the horrible judicial treatment of Deborah Peagler.

July 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

A genuine eye opener about the failures of our criminal justice system.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

Stylistically dull, Crime After Crime proceeds from one talking-head interview to the next, sticking to sentiment.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite its modesty of means, this is the most powerful documentary I have seen this year.

July 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

A compelling true crime drama about an unjust imprisonment, given an additional natural dramatic pull by the fact that the film spans such a lengthy period of time.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

[E]ngrossingly generates as much suspense as fiction in . . . an unusually intimate portrait of a resilient [woman in prison] and a resistant criminal justice system.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

Any reasonable person could recognize the myriad holes in the case against Peagler, but the years-long struggle to win her freedom reveals how doggedly unreasonable our institutions can be.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Crime After Crime

"Crime after Crime" is an informative, incisive and emotional documentary about Deborah Peagler who was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life along with an accomplice for the murder of Oliver Wilson in 1983. When, as a teenager, she first met him, she found him charming but this was before he started pimping her out and abusing her. This was also at a time when women's shelters and similar programs were in their infancy. By 2002, California became the only state to allow new evidence of abuse to be allowed to mitigate old cases and reduce sentences.(By one count, 80% of women in prison are survivors of rape and/or abuse.) At that time, two land use lawyers, Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran, took up her case pro bono to try to secure Deborah's release.

While "Crime after Crime" occasionally goes off subject(but never to the point where the lawyers become more important than Deborah), the marathon metaphor turns out to be tragically apt as the case takes on more than its share of twists.(As Joshua puts it, God works in mysterious ways. And Kafka wrote non-fiction.) The documentary not only does an excellent job of untangling Deborah's case but also explores some of the conditions in prison. But unlike prisoners, prosecutors are not made to publicly repent past misdeeds and mistakes.
July 11, 2011
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