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After Innocence Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2006
After Innocence is a crusading documentary driven by DNA testing that's brought freedom for men who served years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2006
Eye-opening.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 3, 2006
After Innocence is, without making it overly obvious, anti-death penalty on the grounds that a just society cannot afford to make any mistakes that we cannot attempt to rectify.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 10, 2006
Informative (we learn, for example, that exonerees are generally given no follow-up assistance upon release, as parolees are) and deeply moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 3, 2006
Each lost face in the documentary is a burning reminder of the human toll when our justice system succumbs to its imperfections.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 3, 2006
Sanders is more interested in specific human struggles than in larger political points, but she knows these men form a mosaic with a message that's unmistakable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2006
Deeply touching and overwhelmingly sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2006
Even-handed but quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 12, 2006
[A] rousing, quietly outraged documentary.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 11, 2006
Sanders' report from a new frontier in American jurisprudence is filled with the hopeful, haunted look of men who won't easily be forgotten.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 2, 2005
In her clear and compelling film, Sanders lets the innocents do the talking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 3, 2005
The moral purity of After Innocence is so overwhelming that it simply leaves you with nothing to say or do. It's kind of beyond criticism.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 29, 2005
Taylor does her cause no real favors by trotting out only the most articulate, most clearly railroaded exonerees.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2005
The film cuts away from such personal stories too quickly, eager to sell us on airy, unjustified claims.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
A powerful indictment of a judicial system too anxious to close cases, and then close ranks when someone tries to reopen them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 20, 2005
Calm, deliberate and devastating, Jessica Sanders's documentary confirms many of the worst fears about weaknesses in the American criminal-justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jennifer Gonnerman
Village Voice
October 18, 2005
Both riveting and disturbing.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
A compelling look at a flawed system.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 2, 2005
A powerfully affecting documentary on the subject of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence.