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Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Filmmaker Ted Schillinger turns his attentions toward a most unusual friendship with this documentary focusing on the warm bond shared between outspoken capital punishment proponent Robert Blecker and Tennessee Death Row inmate Daryl Holton. A mass murderer who strongly believes that the death penalty is a just and necessary punishment, Holton knows that his time will soon come, and spends a good deal of time discussing such topics as mercy, courage, and morality with the New York Law School


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On a deeper level (and a skillfully conscious one on the part of filmmaker Ted Schillinger) it's a portrait of two men's utter loneliness in their thoughts.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A thoughtful if dry discussion of the death penalty revolving around the titular gentleman.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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As for the filmmaker, Mr. Schillinger remains neutral to a fault. His documentary, while compelling, can also be frustrating.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Just as its subject likes to hear himself talk -- often in ever-more-vague blasts of logic clear only to himself -- this cheap-looking doc gives him lots of air.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead is straightforward as documentary filmmaking, but it's fascinating as a dialectic on fairness.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Blecker's climactic nighttime encounter with garden-variety execution advocates offers a resolution-by-proxy of the duo's bizarre waltz, as well as a powerful home truth.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Vivid, engrossing, and surprising.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Beliefnet

In the documentary, Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead, New York Law School professor and well-known retributivist Blecker submits he can measure -- in his gut -- who deserves to die.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Anyone who's gotten jazzed by a lively philosophy class (hello?) should find it fascinating.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

A compelling, provocative and illuminating documentary that will inspire you to intelligently reexamine your own beliefs about the death penalty.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Intriguing, thought-provoking documentary about a pro-death-penalty lawyer and his unlikely relationship with a murderer on death row will satisfy socially conscious viewers on both sides of the ever-controversial issue.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A legal joust that ends in the sort of satisfyingly ambiguous fashion that should spur post-screening conversation.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Miring itself in both the sound and troubling aspects of Blecker's views, as well as the honesty and hypocrisy of his actions, Schillinger's portrait unobtrusively allows its zealous, self-reflective subject to speak for himself.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The film's a wicked batch of screwy logic but, even when tossed and shaken, all the moving pieces fall into place.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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