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Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)


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Following their acclaimed documentary about a controversial death in a small town, Brother's Keeper, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, explore another criminal case with even more complex strands. When the mutilated corpses of three eight-year-old boys are found near a wooded stream in West Memphis, AR, suspicion falls on a trio of young men, Jessie Miskelly Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damian Wayne Echols. Stories that the men listened to hard rock music and fashioned themselves satanists

Oct 25, 2005


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What a sad commentary on humanity and the flawed justice system it relies on.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

In light of the recent freedom of the 3 victims of a 20th century witch trial depicted in the film, this powerful documentary becomes essential viewing.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

Um documento histórico chocante que, ao lado do clássico The Thin Blue Line, expõe as falhas grotescas do sistema judicial norte-americano.

February 4, 2008
Cinema em Cena

A disturbing and incredibly difficult film to watch, but it's a fine example of documentary filmmaking done right and it'll blow your mind.

May 30, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Like an exploded mirror, it dazzles unexpectedly, catching all kinds of crazy angles. It is hard to watch, and beautiful.

January 2, 2005 Full Review | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Utterly convincing.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

powerful, galling documentary

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Key details seem to be left out or skipped over, but the premise and implications are important and involving.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

a riveting documentary that's almost too bizarre to be believed

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Never get arrested in the south.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Should give you food for thought about how unfair the judicial system can be for those who are poor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Powerful documentary about how crooked the judicial system can be. This film follows the case of the West Memphis 3. This is a stunning documentary that definitely makes you ask questions. Now in this review I won't say my personal thoughts on this case, however I will say that what this film presented was a one sided case where the evidence was minimal and the verdicts were delivered as guilty due to the fact that they dressed in black, listened to heavy metal. This documentary is among the greatest documentaries ever filmed and is a must see for anyone looking for a compelling documentary. There is no doubt that the crimes committed were horrible, but what's more horrible is prosecuting the wrong people. This is a stunning film, one that should be seen. What stands out for me is how the boys accused of the crimes were vilified and directly seen as guilty because of the fact they listened to heavy metal, dressed in black and read books on the occult. The way the public perceived these three was very questionable and instead of looking at the evidence, they simply made them guilty right off the bat. This is a solidly crafted film that definitely is an eye opener. This is a hard film to watch, but also a necessary one to watch as well. Brilliant in showing both sides of the story, Paradise Lost definitely does a good job at giving the viewer his own interpretation of what is truth, and what is not. I really enjoyed the film, and though it was hard to watch, this film is still one of the most important documentaries on a criminal case ever filmed. This should be seen by anyone looking for a solid and interesting documentary.
August 13, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Probably one of the most shocking, frightening and astonishing documentaries ever made. Having been on a Jury twice I'm not surprised by certain problems in the judicial system but I just couldn't believe my eyes and ears watching this case. I'm not that naive that I don't believe that Courts, Defence/Prosecutors and the media aren't always on top form but the display of ignorance, stupidity and dishonesty on show here boils the blood as well as chills to the bone. Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger really hit the jackpot with this one. It has to be seen to be believed.
May 11, 2012

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Remarkable FILM. I'd have been at my wit's end had I had one. Murders can be a beneficial product, and can earn many a few name, fame and whatnot intentionally or otherwise. Learn to earn. And it deserves applaud for not brooding on the victims' footage (specifically dead) alone time and again..... even if that's done to spare the audience the horror of the crime. Its runtime seemed bothersome initially, but they've done a marvelous job in its execution.
March 16, 2012

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January 15, 2012
Reid Volk

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