Charm City (2018)


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During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the frontlines. In these divisive times, CHARM CITY offers humanity as common ground.


Critic Reviews for Charm City

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Filmmaker Marilyn Ness gains extraordinary access to her subjects and apparently their trust.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a stark perspective on how money and policies have failed the city's poorest.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Even when the epidemic of violence touches a beloved character, Ness' careful quilting of compassion and action across her years of filming suggests a fight that won't diminish for these citizens.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The film captures up close the way violence transforms neighborhoods and families with an immediacy that transcends headlines or sensationalism.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its dreary outlook, the film does offer a semblance of hope in the generosity, good humor and tenacious sang-froid of the people it portrays.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It all adds up to an even-handed issue film featuring those who are working to change the face of one of the U.S.'s most violent cities.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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