Gideon's Army Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 8, 2014
While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 17, 2013
For all the harrowing truth here, about race and poverty and justice, the film is brisk and tight, alive with everyday detail and flashes of humor.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
October 17, 2013
If Gideon's Army underscores anything it's that the right to counsel is being following in America by the letter of the law, but not the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
October 17, 2013
Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Variety
October 17, 2013
Like the film itself, Porter's handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
October 3, 2013
The [public defenders'] personal stories turn out to be every bit as challenging as those of their clients, and their personal investment every bit as crucial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 28, 2013
"Gideon's Army" is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That's all it needs to grab you by the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2013
Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.
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