On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film. But the story it chronicles is important, and its emotional impact is undeniable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Yoav Potash's moving, vivid documentary "Crime After Crime" will make you both angry and tearful, sometimes at the same time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Though rife with talking-head interviews and straightforwardly shot, the movie is quietly riveting and cumulatively galling.
Director Yoav Potash acts as a true advocate for the battered women's movement in this involving doc.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
"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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Any hopes that America's judicial system is improving are dashed in this gripping documentary about the horrible judicial treatment of Deborah Peagler.
| Original Score: B
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.
A genuine eye opener about the failures of our criminal justice system.
| Original Score: 4/5
Potash's closeness to it, and sense of healthy outrage, invigorate the film and make the saga's central participants impossible to forget.
Stylistically dull, Crime After Crime proceeds from one talking-head interview to the next, sticking to sentiment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Despite its modesty of means, this is the most powerful documentary I have seen this year.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
[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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Potash's film tells an important and disturbing story, but his presentation is uninspired and non-cinematic. It's best left to TV.
| Original Score: 2/4
[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.
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.