• Cropsey
    2 minutes 13 seconds
    Added: May 17, 2010

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Cropsey Reviews

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Stan Hall
Oregonian

The filmmakers overreach trying to explain the meaning of a community's revulsion and rush to judgment regarding the man convicted of one of the murders, but Cropsey still gets under your skin.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 3, 2014
Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The film is eerie and thought-provoking, raising worthwhile questions about the pursuit of justice without losing compassion for the victims or their families.

Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2014
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Whether they're interviewing so-called experts or casual observers -- or even reading from Rand's letters -- Zeman and Brancaccio confront fear, disappointment, and hope, again and again.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

March 3, 2014
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

As intriguing as it is downright eerie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2014
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It isn't a pleasant journey -- nor one that is likely to be soon forgotten -- though it is a sobering, skillfully produced reminder that sometimes fact can be far more terrifying than fiction.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2014
Richard Whittaker
Austin Chronicle

Nothing is answered definitively here. But if there's a real Cropsey to be found, it may be Staten Island itself.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 3, 2014

New York Daily News
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Disturbing and flavorful.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

March 3, 2014
Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com
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Cropsey is a creepy documentary with all the elements of a horror film about a demented serial killer, and an extra ingredient: This one is real.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This disturbing true-crime documentary takes its name from a local bogeyman that video makers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio were warned about when they were growing up on Staten Island.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 3, 2014
Nick Schager
House Next Door

A crude episode of 48 Hours.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

January 21, 2011
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

As a clever combination between truth and fiction, it's a rather impressive little film. Creepy too.

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

January 9, 2011
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Films like The Blair Witch Project use a fake documentary format to try and create a horror film about an urban myth that turns out to be real. Cropsey, though, is the real deal.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

December 18, 2010
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

As disturbing as the expertly paced Cropsey is, it's not some schlocky spookfest. It's a well-produced and well-researched bit of investigative journalism.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2010
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com

Begins as the documentation of a terrible legend, but evolves into a true story of a monster, and that's what makes Cropsey downright frightening.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

Brancaccio and Zeman don't offer any easy answers, merely throwing all of the many issues of the story of Cropsey into a melting pot of danger, terror, and secrecy.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

August 6, 2010
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

The best, scariest mysteries don't have definitive answers, and Cropsey becomes a Zodiac-style whodunit of the spookiest order.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 2, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The conceptual, even poetic inquiry that percolates in the opening scenes gives way to flat-footed and unresolvable detective work that makes the filmmakers too important.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

July 29, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A documentary that delves into what happens when the ghost stories you told as kids, the stuff of urban legends, seem to come true.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2010
Drew McWeeny
HitFix

... the stuff of horror films, and the way it folds back into the idea of how the Cropsey stories spread... that's the stuff that Cropsey does best.

Full Review Source: HitFix

July 10, 2010
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The story of the unsolved abductions and the man who might have become the scapegoat for a community is troubling enough. No big-screen trickery is required.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

July 8, 2010
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