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Crime After Crime Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 1, 2011
Deeply flawed.
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
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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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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
Potash's first feature-length documentary otherwise does justice to its subject's wrenching story.
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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
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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
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2011
The film presents a portrait of the incarcerated woman as a determined, optimistic individual who profited from her jail time by helping others to educate themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Nora Lee Mandel
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
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
Prairie Miller
June 28, 2011
While most people would do anything to get out of prison, this filmmaker fought his way in. Going undercover embedded in a legal defense team to expose legal improprieties. As art intertwines with struggle, in a strategy of creative cinematic espionage.
Jennifer Merin
July 10, 2011
A genuine eye opener about the failures of our criminal justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
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
Kim Voynar
Movie City News
June 28, 2011
The film is skillfully edited and scored, weaving eight years of events into a seamlessly told story that makes excellent use of suspense and emotion.
Brent Simon
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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John Anderson
January 24, 2011
Although helmer Yoav Potash's approach is low-key and only vaguely cinematic, each instance of judicial malfeasance -- and there are many -- is allowed to toll loudly in its own moral echo chamber.
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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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 29, 2011
Catnip for fans of twisty, municipal shenanigans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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