Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Reviews

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Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
This third film, an inarguably powerful knockout punch, reminds us of the documentary film's power to change people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
October 18, 2011
[U]pdate[s,] reinterprets the original material and incorporates old outtakes and photographs. . .for comprehensive forensic and legal analysis [but] confusingly organized.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Mike Hale
New York Times
January 22, 2013
The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2011
First and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary.
Eric Melin
Kansas City Star
September 4, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 20, 2012
Tells us clearly something is rotten about the American judicial system.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
September 13, 2011
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
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.
David Keyes
September 20, 2013
Seldom has a film inspired so much dislike in viewers towards the very system designed to protect them.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2013
In the shadow of such sickness, all the personal dramas can't help but pale, but there are still surprising and powerful moments.
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
January 22, 2013
Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy.
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
January 6, 2012
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 2, 2011
More a glorified DVD supplement than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
January 22, 2013
Purgatory is most affecting in its most intimate performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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