Incident at Oglala Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 6, 2014
The emphasis on facts and talking heads pays off as the movie slowly builds a sense of outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2014
A fascinating, comprehensive and disturbing film-fortified by Maryse Alberti`s striking photography of the ruggedly beautiful land-that is both exhaustive and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2014
Incident at Oglala is an even-handed cry of outrage, a coolly passionate documentary that focuses a piercing ray of light on an American scandal.
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Susan Chumsky
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2014
Incident at Oglala reconstructs a 1975 gunfight that left two FBI agents dead and makes a strong case that the wrong man may be serving time for their murders.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 6, 2014
Incident at Oglala presents sufficient evidence to warrant a re-examination of Leonard Peltier's case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2010
A powerful documentary on a miscarriage of justice over the deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation on June 26, 1975.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 13, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 12, 2006
A major achievement, considering the obstacles: incendiary subject, mistrust by Indian leaders, suspicious FBI, and six months of negotiations to get an interview with the imprisoned Peltier
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
February 15, 2005
Incident at Oglala achieves what it set out to do, not only in Mr. Peltier's behalf but also in that of his people.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 12, 2003
A textbook example of how to make a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
May 8, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Presents one more egregious example of the terrible treatement Native Americans have received from the U.S. government.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Redford and his team make no claim for Peltier's guilt or innocence. The issue is whether Peltier received a fair trial, and the evidence they've amassed is impressively damning.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Incident at Oglala is about his specific case, but in a sense it is about a larger subject, about the continuing insult of a federal government which treats and regards Native Americans in a paternalistic, repressive style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lays out a story of violence and abuse so complicated and so grim that it splinters your heart.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
British filmmaker Michael Apted makes a carefully reasoned, yet passionate statement about the legal system that has ensnared Peltier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The evidence and legal maneuvering is complex, but Apted skillfully guides us through it, managing to make some larger statements about life on a reservation as well.
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