Stolen Seas Reviews

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2013
A documentary of such ambitious scope that you might need a remote control and a notebook to keep up with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2013
Digs deep into the subject of piracy, arguing that it's less an anachronism than a sign of the times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 19, 2013
With his much more than meets the eye pursuit of raw unfiltered truth, Payne navigates the turbulent waters of piracy, as it has been impacted by the legacy of colonialism and rebellion, and the military hardware industry profiteering also kicking in.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 17, 2013
Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 16, 2013
A dense, sometimes dangerous 90-minute immersion in a world where lawlessness applies to all sides and, shockingly, international shipping companies would rather pay the ransoms than address the underlying problems.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
January 15, 2013
This drama is couched in illuminating context ...
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
January 15, 2013
An admirably balanced, wide-ranging look at the phenomenon of Somali high-seas piracy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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