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Capturing the Friedmans Reviews

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Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Captivating and intense. Mature teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Like the darkest pop song Billy Joel never wrote, "Friedmans" hauntingly asked how far faith goes when it comes to family, how much mercy we'd grant them based merely on our memories and how forgiveness sometimes endures years of fury before it's granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2005
Probing into the elusive nature of truth, through the prism of one Jewish family, this is one of the most perplexing and disturbing docus in American film history
| Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
...an insane document, a slice of life that we probably should never have seen. But now that we have seen it, it's too late to deny its crippling poignancy...
| Original Score: A
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Much of this information could have been delivered in a way that respected the Friedmans, even if they did not respect each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
The Friedmans are a case study in family dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 16, 2004
Grown men and women, in broad daylight and friendly company, would not lightly name some of the worst terrors of our world.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 30, 2004
A different kind of horror is portrayed in Capturing the Friedmans -- the disintegration of a family after the father secret life is exposed.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 19, 2004
Director Jarecki takes his time in presenting the divergent points of view. But even at nearly two hours, one still feels there is a lack of information.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 2, 2004
inspires in the viewer something which was conspicuously absent from the original trial - reasonable doubt.
Josh Gilchrist
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 8, 2004
This film is an American dream gone awry.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 25, 2004
Uma história absurdamente trágica e - o que é ainda mais grave - que representa um grave sintoma de uma sociedade em que a mídia ganhou poderes de polícia, juiz e executor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 2, 2004
Even more compelling is the way it tackles faulty human memories.
| Original Score: A+
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 27, 2004
...one comes away with a sense of angered sensationalism...Clearly, this odd and probing documentary is affecting in its seedy uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 21, 2004
Director Andrew Jarecki mounts a convincing argument but declines to work up the kind of scalding condemnation of the justice system that his findings would seem to demand.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2004
Full of bracingly honest self-examination, raw humour and a fascinating vein of hysteria and emotion, but its real power is in the intimate examination of family ties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2004
It's compelling as hell, and it's a glimpse into the personal hell of a family torn apart by ugly acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
Capturing the Friedmans is an unforgettable film that will have you talking long afterwards.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 19, 2003
Successfully [holds] up reality to our ideals, creating a portrait of devastation.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2003
It uses the documentary format to search for knowledge, not to polemicize it.
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