• R, 2 hr. 26 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Amy Berg
    In Theaters:
    Dec 25, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 6, 2013
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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West of Memphis Reviews

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Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

The case is more intriguing than the film about it.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 13, 2013
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

The new film is largely a recap of the older ones, with more celebrity testimonials and fewer Metallica songs but little fresh insight into the miscarriage of justice it chronicles.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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It's hard to imagine how someone could study this case for so long and yet miss its most critical lesson.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 25, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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We feel like we're watching an overlong true-crime television episode and not a movie.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

March 21, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It effectively condenses what took the 'Paradise Lost' films nearly eight hours to reveal into a tight, snappy 149 minutes that affords you everything you need to know about the West Memphis Three.

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

May 13, 2013
Sara Smith
Kansas City Star

"West of Memphis" becomes a greatest-hits concert of prosecutorial misconduct, and you'll agree when the film asserts that prosecutors knew they had the wrong guys.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 7, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

Berg lays out her case with the logic of a first-rate prosecutor and the theatricality of a born storyteller.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: *****

February 28, 2013
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

Moving and gruesome, West of Memphis is an eloquent disquisition on the banality of evil.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2013
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

By taking a disturbing and sometimes conflicted look at the prejudices that led to the West Memphis Three's imprisonment, it asks murky questions about how people could get something so wrong for so long.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2012

I would have preferred Jackson's clinically-presented project display a bit more reverence for the three young lives that were brutally taken some twenty years ago.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B

March 18, 2013
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys

An absorbing and emotional journey, West of Memphis is one of the best documentaries of 2012 so far.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 5/5

October 13, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

West of Memphis caps off the Paradise Lost/West Memphis Three saga with a line up full of perpetrators including the media, the West Memphis PD, the legal establishment and suspect gift wrapped with a smoking gun.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

The film is so utterly transfixing you won't believe almost two-and-a-half hours have passed when the final credits roll.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 29, 2013
Hannah McGill
The List

Diligent, complex and justly indignant.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

January 3, 2013
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine

Filmmaker Amy Berg (Oscar nominated Deliver Us From Evil) has once again struck documentary gold with her hard-hitting journalistic feature, West of Memphis.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.5/10

January 4, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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This is a movie that can stun you.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 18, 2012
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

Berg's film is but a piece of the entire story, but it's an essential entry into the horrifying true life tale.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

February 1, 2012
Andrew Simpson
Little White Lies

After your blood has stopped boiling, it's the quieter moments that stay with you. Now go see Paradise Lost.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

December 19, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

West of Memphis is less comprehensive and more manipulative than the Paradise Lost films, but a thoroughly engaging condensation of the facts nonetheless.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

October 13, 2012
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