A Murder in Mansfield

2017

A Murder in Mansfield (2017)

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Filmmaker Barbara Kopple explores the legacy of the 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio. Her 12-year-old son Collier gave a devastating videotaped testimony blaming his father for the murder. Now, over two decades later, Collier returns to Ohio seeking to retrace his past and confront his imprisoned father, who remains in denial of his guilt. Collier's depth of character is a wonder to behold from childhood to adulthood. Out of this tragic story, we witness the power of human resilience.

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Critic Reviews for A Murder in Mansfield

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The movie meditates on what murder is by looking, more fully than most movies do, at the legacy of its aftershocks.

Nov 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A true crime saga packing an emotional punch.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…

It strikes me as quite obvious that this story didn't pan out in quite the dynamic fashion that Kopple had hoped with a rushed narrative and lack of inquisitive probing.

Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

An insightful and sensitively-handled exploration of how a single event can leave an indelible psychological mark.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…

An honest and brave portrait of the trauma and grief of those in the immediate periphery of a terrible crime. A simple, intimate film, and a powerful one.

Nov 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unsurprising and incomplete.

Nov 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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