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The Central Park Five Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Central Park Five" is a sobering indictment of racism and vigilante justice, yet it is constrained by a PBS-style deference to the very system it critiques.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

December 13, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Central Park Five" is worth seeing, both for the ways it's timeless and for the ways it encapsulates an era.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2012
Marc Mohan

You can't help but wonder why this film wasn't made 20 years ago, when it could have saved these men some time behind bars.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

December 13, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What's amazing about listening to them speak now, often through tears, is the absence of bitterness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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You'll notice something odd as you watch and your anger rises at the injustice of it all: The anger of the wrongly convicted does not.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2012
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

What keeps the film from being an impossible downer is the guts and spirit and smart words of the Central Park Five, four of whom, now freed, are interviewed at length.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2012
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

A miscarriage of justice on this scale would have been tragic had it resulted from an honest mistake - but, as this meticulously researched movie makes clear, honesty had little to do with it.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

December 12, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The [documentary] team builds a solid story from the time of the crime through the release from prison those wrongly accused and railroaded into confessing to a crime they did not commit.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 11, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The result is both compelling and infuriating.

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December 10, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs

The Central Park Five provides background drawn from contemporary media images, including crime scene footage accompanied by a detective's grisly description, as well as reflections by those involved.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 8, 2012
Clay Cane

Not only gripping and heartbreaking, but terrifying.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

December 7, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

At times, this is a devastating film, one that acknowledges the desire for but refuses to buy into an easy answer.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 7, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The film offers a snapshot of the white hysteria then gripping the city, which was stoked by the tabloids and resulted in police and prosecutors railroading five black youths into prison.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 6, 2012
Matt Pais

Among all of the case's horrors, one of the strongest is that a serial rapist ultimately cared more about the truth than the prosecution.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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An unusually good documentary about an outlandish miscarriage of justice.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 6, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Involves a detailed reconstruction of how the story broke, was developed and was dramatized by lurid tabloid headlines.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 6, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Central Park is at first discomforting, then enraging, then illuminating.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 5, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A wonderfully vital, illuminating study of the New York of 20-plus years ago.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

December 5, 2012
Sarah Boslaugh

... a respectable but often tedious film that adds little to what is already well known about this episode

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

December 1, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The film is well balanced visually, well paced and successful at voicing its outrage (the NYPD refused to comment). But "The Central Park Five" leaves questions unanswered...

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

November 30, 2012
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