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Gideon's Army Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh

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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

April 8, 2014
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 17, 2013
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

October 17, 2013
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2013
John Anderson
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 17, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 3, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 13, 2013
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 24, 2013
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