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Cropsey Reviews

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Stan Hall
March 3, 2014
The filmmakers overreach trying to explain the meaning of a community's revulsion and rush to judgment regarding the man convicted of one of the murders, but Cropsey still gets under your skin.
Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 3, 2014
The film is eerie and thought-provoking, raising worthwhile questions about the pursuit of justice without losing compassion for the victims or their families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
March 3, 2014
Whether they're interviewing so-called experts or casual observers -- or even reading from Rand's letters -- Zeman and Brancaccio confront fear, disappointment, and hope, again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
March 3, 2014
As intriguing as it is downright eerie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
March 3, 2014
It isn't a pleasant journey -- nor one that is likely to be soon forgotten -- though it is a sobering, skillfully produced reminder that sometimes fact can be far more terrifying than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Whittaker
Austin Chronicle
March 3, 2014
Nothing is answered definitively here. But if there's a real Cropsey to be found, it may be Staten Island itself.
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New York Daily News
March 3, 2014
Disturbing and flavorful.
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Roger Ebert
March 3, 2014
Cropsey is a creepy documentary with all the elements of a horror film about a demented serial killer, and an extra ingredient: This one is real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 3, 2014
This disturbing true-crime documentary takes its name from a local bogeyman that video makers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio were warned about when they were growing up on Staten Island.
Nick Schager
House Next Door
January 21, 2011
A crude episode of 48 Hours.
Scott Weinberg
January 9, 2011
As a clever combination between truth and fiction, it's a rather impressive little film. Creepy too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
December 18, 2010
Films like The Blair Witch Project use a fake documentary format to try and create a horror film about an urban myth that turns out to be real. Cropsey, though, is the real deal.
Mike Scott
September 29, 2010
As disturbing as the expertly paced Cropsey is, it's not some schlocky spookfest. It's a well-produced and well-researched bit of investigative journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Perri Nemiroff
August 13, 2010
Begins as the documentation of a terrible legend, but evolves into a true story of a monster, and that's what makes Cropsey downright frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
August 6, 2010
Brancaccio and Zeman don't offer any easy answers, merely throwing all of the many issues of the story of Cropsey into a melting pot of danger, terror, and secrecy.
Matt Pais
August 2, 2010
The best, scariest mysteries don't have definitive answers, and Cropsey becomes a Zodiac-style whodunit of the spookiest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 29, 2010
The conceptual, even poetic inquiry that percolates in the opening scenes gives way to flat-footed and unresolvable detective work that makes the filmmakers too important.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 29, 2010
A documentary that delves into what happens when the ghost stories you told as kids, the stuff of urban legends, seem to come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew McWeeny
July 10, 2010
... the stuff of horror films, and the way it folds back into the idea of how the Cropsey stories spread... that's the stuff that Cropsey does best.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2010
The story of the unsolved abductions and the man who might have become the scapegoat for a community is troubling enough. No big-screen trickery is required.
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