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Capturing the Friedmans Reviews

July 25, 2003
Without a doubt a disconcertingly engrossing, difficult-to-shake experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2003
Disturbing, yet undeniably fascinating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
It takes the concept of reality television and twists it into a shocking but poignant art form.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2003
Watching this remarkable production is like going on safari to that creepy world. It's a fascinating place to visit, but you wouldn't, not for a minute, want to live there.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2003
The MPAA doesn't have a rating for queasy-making and heartbreaking. If it did, then Capturing the Friedmans would carry an advisory.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2003
A documentary you won't be able to shake.
Read More | Original Score: A-
July 11, 2003
An experience you will never forget.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 27, 2003
The year's most compelling cinematic conversation piece.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 26, 2003
June 26, 2003
A disquieting documentary about a disturbing incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 20, 2003
A fascinating meditation on truth-telling, and on the flickering nature of memory.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 20, 2003
What the Osbournes are to farce, the Friedmans are to tragicomedy.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 19, 2003
Where so many 'reality' shows shrink a subject down to snug, humiliating form, Friedmans takes the opposite approach.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 18, 2003
A prime candidate for a time capsule, to disclose a century hence the current state of some of our civilization's discontents, including the ability to be convinced that one is telling the truth even when one is lying.
June 17, 2003
In the end, while Jarecki may not be able to answer our most basic questions about the guilt or innocence of the Friedmans, he makes a profound statement that, in situations like this, no one can be completely innocent and everyone is a victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 13, 2003
It leaves us puzzling, long after the film has ended, about the Friedmans' strange family dynamics, about the justice system and community that condemned them, about the elusive nature of 'truth.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2003
An incredibly provocative, fascinating film that is about the way one eccentric family faced an intolerable crisis and the confounding wheels of justice.
June 13, 2003
Jarecki has created a tour de force of narrative ambiguity, and in doing so has made one of the most honest reality shows ever.
June 13, 2003
A devastating and tragic tale of one suburban family's meltdown as played out on the 6 o'clock news and in private home videos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2003
As an investigation into the psychology and processes of witch-hunts, Capturing the Friedmans is one of the most valuable film documents we've had since Carl Dreyer's 1943 Day of Wrath.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 12, 2003
Not since Memento has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 12, 2003
This is finally a particularly naked and invasive form of voyeurism, The Real World for the PBS crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 12, 2003
A movie that will haunt you for months to come.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2003
Everything is evidence in this astounding movie that frustrates the moviegoer's natural instinct to identify with the hero.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2003
A vividly personal, devastating story of a family that was hopelessly compromised years before it was scapegoated for crimes that two of its members may or may not have committed.
June 11, 2003
It's fascinating because you've never seen a more dysfunctional family in broad daylight, and it's disturbing because it straddles the fine line between responsible filmmaking and callous sensationalism.
June 11, 2003
This film is not to be missed, because it is so painfully and profoundly human.
June 6, 2003
Disturbing and haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2003
In some respects, Jarecki just scratches the surface of the material, and the film is often coy and withholding. Yet it's also riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
June 5, 2003
Leo Tolstoy wrote that 'every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion,' but not even he could have invented the Friedmans.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 30, 2003
Andrew Jarecki could have done more to lay out the marriage of sexual and religious and social hysteria that made cases like this possible. But he deserves credit for having the guts to say, in this case and in so many like it, who suffered the most.
May 30, 2003
This extraordinary film refracts truth through the prism of memory, until what you get is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, full of sacrifice and betrayal.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 30, 2003
By the end of this excellent film, you may find yourself admitting you know less about its subjects than when you started.
May 29, 2003
A remarkable and shattering documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2003
For certain, things are never black or white, always gray. Yet after viewing this film, one is persuaded that even gray has many shades and hues.
May 29, 2003
Engagingly evenhanded and intelligently assembled first feature.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2003
Jarecki has taken an impossible subject, and subjects, and made a movie that works as crime thriller, social document and, occasionally, surrealist comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2003
Gripping, lacerating, moving, and tragic -- a work of documentary art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 27, 2003
It's difficult to imagine another doc having such extraordinary material at its disposal, or another filmed family being as spellbinding.
May 22, 2003
This movie will pin you to your seat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 6, 2003
A stirring examination of truth at odds with perception, the high price of privacy in the media era and the blinding veil of blood ties.