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After two decades of media speculation and public fascination, filmmakers explore the macabre legacy of the world's most famous child-murder case.

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Jennifer Dong
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Avy Eschenasy
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Figo Li
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Michael Latham
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Davis Coombe
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  • The unsolved 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey generated a tidal wave of tabloid garbage; this documentary by Kitty Green surfs atop it, exploiting the crime no less but giving it an art-film respectability.

    April 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Green's film is difficult and challenging, but it is not lazy. And in a world where these kinds of stories so often are the source of hysterical sensationalism, a degree of thoughtfulness and introspection is long overdue.

    August 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This movie is fascinated by our psychological need to judge other people's lives, but it's also deeply mournful, even respectful, of the very human reasons why we do so.

    October 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The documentary aims to study the theories of regular people about the infamous unsolved 1996 case of the killing of a 6-year-old girl. But in doing so, it can't help but feel exploitative.

    August 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Desperately, these people all want the truth -- as well as the gig -- and that tension is what makes Casting JonBenet provocative.

    May 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It uses the Ramsey story as a prism for documenting our rabid rumor-mongering and far-away judgments of personalities hoisted onto a media stage. It is, oddly enough, about acting.

    May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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