Casting JonBenét Reviews
April 15, 2021
...what director Kitty Green has attempted to do with Casting JonBenet is explore the unsettling legacy that the case has left on local residents and speculate on why it was so captivating to us.
April 13, 2020
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.
August 15, 2019
A lot of realities that do not necessarily cancel each other out, working at the same time. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 30, 2018
Even if this crime is solved someday, Casting JonBenet will remain relevant because of how it processes the psychological experience of death, grief and uncertainty.
October 10, 2018
Where Green and company get extremely strong footage is when they let the actors dive into their own backstories. Some actors are actually close to the events of the murder.
August 25, 2018
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 21, 2018
At first, each performer seems like they are starring in their own Christopher Guest comedy... But Casting JonBenet gradually evolves into something more profound.
May 7, 2018
Everyone seems to know who is the culprit and everyone ends up recounting their most traumatic experiences on camera. [Full review in Spanish]
May 7, 2018
The construction of the story, thus raised, continues having more and more intrigue. Not only to know who will personify the real characters, but to try to clarify what really happened that day in 1996. [Full review in Spanish[
December 22, 2017
A tapestry of emotions, theories and perception... a study of trauma's many echoes.
October 27, 2017
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.
September 21, 2017
Over an expertly paced and constructed 80 minutes, we come to be more fascinated by these strangers than by their shared obsession: the dead little girl who, for whatever reason, has triggered their on-camera confessions.
July 20, 2017
The factual combines with the first steps towards fictionalisation to create something new, and something arguably all the more powerful than a feature about JonBenet Ramsay made in either mode.
July 19, 2017
By setting aside an objective notion of the truth, Green's hybrid work is simultaneously more fantastical and closer to the truth than anything made with traditional documentary techniques.
July 13, 2017
For all of the technical skill of the production (and the general lack thereof among the actors), there is a sense of hollowness.
June 28, 2017
No recreation can bring us closer to the truth, but perhaps this weird work of art can.
May 17, 2017
Desperately, these people all want the truth -- as well as the gig -- and that tension is what makes Casting JonBenet provocative.
May 17, 2017
Casting JonBenet is a dozen films in one. At only 80 minutes, that's a lot; and yet it never feels over-stuffed, overwrought, or like it is collecting and abandoning subplots (a frustrating trend of some recent documentaries).
May 17, 2017
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.