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The Central Park Five Reviews

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It's more like an interesting, in-depth article in The New Yorker than a movie.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 27, 2013
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

The film, in some ways a primer on the perennial intractability of racial prejudice, clearly intends to be some sort of vindication of its five central figures. It succeeds in the first respect but falls wide of the mark in the second.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The filmmakers do a tremendous job of setting the mood and mind-set of New Yorkers in the spring of 1989, when violent crime was rampant and the Big Apple was rotting to the core.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A-

May 13, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Burns and Co. once again nail the complexity of history with traditionally eye-opening results, yet The Central Park Five isn't quite as comprehensive as hoped, capping such profound pain with a few nagging question marks.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

April 26, 2013
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a vivid and gripping documentary (although, at two hours, somewhat longer than it needs to be), a grave indictment of a city and a system at the breaking point.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

April 17, 2013
Sara Smith
Kansas City Star

The Central Park Five takes one of the most sensational crimes of the late 20th century and strips the circus that followed down to its roots. The horrific attack in the woods on that April night 24 years ago was just the beginning.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

April 16, 2013
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

The Central Park Five," the second best documentary of 2013, examines the case, placing in perfect context of what was happening in 1989 in NYC and how it led to evil both in Central Park and in the offices of the people trying to keep us safe.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 16, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

When hysteria trumps innocence

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

March 28, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like the "Paradise Lost" films, it's a shocking but clear-eyed portrait of injustice.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 10, 2013
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

The Central Park Five is such a moving piece of work, it is difficult to watch at times.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.3/10

January 4, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It shows what happens when police and prosecutors abuse their power.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 1, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Expect your blood pressure to rise during The Central Park Five.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The doc is rife with smart or wrenching or shameful moments. The fresh interviews with the accused, now men, are invaluable.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 21, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Puts the crime and the times in sharp perspective.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

December 20, 2012
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Burns and company conduct a thorough, riveting investigation that does a far better job of assessing the tragedy than the justice system did two decades before. Of course, hindsight is an advantage we all take for granted.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 5/5

December 20, 2012
Lee Marshall
Screen International

It's a gripping story that comes in a well-crafted package.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 17, 2012
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

A heartbreaking expose' about a rush to judgment which ruined five, innocent young lives.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 16, 2012
Jennifer Merin
New York Press

Exclusive interviews with former heads of Israel's counter terrorism agency reveal insiders' analysis about the country's policies. Fascinating. Frightening.

Full Review Source: New York Press | Original Score: 5/5

December 16, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 14, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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How could this second crime have occurred? The film asks that question but only partly answers it, and in the process it raises an even more troubling one.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2012
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