Crime After Crime Reviews

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 16, 2011
On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film. But the story it chronicles is important, and its emotional impact is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 1, 2011
Deeply flawed.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 25, 2011
Yoav Potash's moving, vivid documentary "Crime After Crime" will make you both angry and tearful, sometimes at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2011
It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 5, 2011
Though rife with talking-head interviews and straightforwardly shot, the movie is quietly riveting and cumulatively galling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 5, 2011
Director Yoav Potash acts as a true advocate for the battered women's movement in this involving doc.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 29, 2011
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 27, 2011
Any hopes that America's judicial system is improving are dashed in this gripping documentary about the horrible judicial treatment of Deborah Peagler.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
July 10, 2011
A genuine eye opener about the failures of our criminal justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2011
Potash's closeness to it, and sense of healthy outrage, invigorate the film and make the saga's central participants impossible to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
July 5, 2011
Stylistically dull, Crime After Crime proceeds from one talking-head interview to the next, sticking to sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 3, 2011
Despite its modesty of means, this is the most powerful documentary I have seen this year.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
July 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
This story doesn't go well with popcorn, and you won't be able to shake it off like so many blockbusters. That said, it's likely to be the most unforgettable film you see all summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 1, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 1, 2011
Potash's film tells an important and disturbing story, but his presentation is uninspired and non-cinematic. It's best left to TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 30, 2011
[The] moral outrage is magnificent, swelling from hushed to howling without the help of narration or posturing from the unfailingly dignified Ms. Peagler or her quietly dedicated lawyers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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