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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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The third part of the Paradise Lost trilogy, examining the case of the notorious West Memphis 3. This final version chronicles the last years in prison and eventual release of the three men accused of brutally murdering three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. The men were released after entering an Alford plea on August 19, 2011, allowing them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict.

Aug 14, 2012

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The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In the shadow of such sickness, all the personal dramas can't help but pale, but there are still surprising and powerful moments.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The new film is more informational than resonant. But you can still sense a vacuum, a rat pit of stories waiting to be unearthed. The dark something that triggered the whole ordeal in West Memphis is still out there.

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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First and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary, the Paradise Lost project comes to a presumed end with Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Seldom has a film inspired so much dislike in viewers towards the very system designed to protect them.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Purgatory is most affecting in its most intimate performances.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Beyond being an articulate examination of the case, the conclusion of the film will leave you with all kinds of questions to ponder about what justice in our legal system really means.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

This third film, an inarguably powerful knockout punch, reminds us of the documentary film's power to change people's lives.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Tells us clearly something is rotten about the American judicial system.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The conclusion to the trilogy about the plight of three wrongly convicted men has an intriguingly new, if bittersweet, slant. It's an understatement to say that the documentary format comes off a lot better than the justice system.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[U]pdate[s,] reinterprets the original material and incorporates old outtakes and photographs. . .for comprehensive forensic and legal analysis [but] confusingly organized.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

More a glorified DVD supplement than a documentary.

October 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

It goes without saying that this concluding part of the Paradise Lost series is a must see for those that enjoyed the two previous films. It's a must see for everyone really as the lessons learnt are important ones. The conclusion is both good and bad, I don't want to give to much away but the end could have been a lot worse for everyone involved. Some of the revelations are pretty shocking, at the end of the last film we all thought we had it sussed but more information is available now and and more important lessons have been learnt. We also have a new accused which makes for shocking viewing. A brilliant film but somehow I don't think this is the end.
June 3, 2013
SirPant

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Third Paradise Lost film brings new development to the WM3 case. This is a brilliant conclusion. In this third film, new evidence has surfaced that proves the innocence of the WM3. This is a brilliant and powerful documentary. This film further proves the innocence of the three men wrongly convicted of the murders. In 1993 filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky direct a terrific third part that gives us more information about the infamous WM3 murder case. After nearly 18 years, there's some new development in the case. This film presents a closing chapter in the controversial case and presents the courts with new evidence that the WM3 are innocent of the crimes. Brilliant, shocking and disturbing, this third film is a must see for those who enjoy a good documentary. This is a fine film that concludes the nearly twenty year old ordeal of the WM3. This is a well put together documentary with terrific insight into the case and it introduces new proof to their innocence. These three films are superb in showing the holes in the Judiciary system. What really stood out in this film is how far people wrongly convicted of a crime they did not commit. This is a great documentary that is sure to please people who have seen the first two films. Paradise Lost 3 is a powerful documentary, and one that shows that some people directly involved in the tragedy have come around and questioned the guilt of the three men. This is a remarkable film that is brilliant, poignant and ultimately redeeming.
August 13, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Good for what it is, and bad for same. But I can't understand how they released it in 2009 with those interviews from 2010 & 2011!!! Hope the rectifications will be made sooner than later, although it's nothing of great concern (and so I'm not taking efforts to report it).
April 12, 2012
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

A great documentary about a larger than life situation involving a backwards justice system that even a novelist couldn't have written better. Getting to hear the West Memphis 3 talk, getting to hear those involved with the prosecution talk compared to their statements during the trials, and seeing the disturbing images attached to this case, really make for a powerful documentary.
February 20, 2012
xas5

Super Reviewer

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