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Cropsey Reviews

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June 10, 2009
The portentous narration and manipulative horror-film aesthetics turn what might have been a portrait of a boogeyman myth's lingering societal role into merely a crude episode of 48 Hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 21, 2011
A crude episode of 48 Hours.
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
June 8, 2010
Documentary of a spate of child kidnappings/killings in Staten Island, New York, in the 1970s, tied thematically to the titular Hudson Valley boogeyman myth.
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
June 4, 2010
Perhaps most chilling is that the movie leaves the mysteries unresolved.
June 2, 2010
With tinkling thriller music and dramatic voiceover narration, this modest but engrossing first-person documentary comes on like a true crime caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
June 10, 2010
A real-life nightmare, Cropsey shakes you as well as inspires you to pursue the terrifying truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
March 3, 2014
Nothing is answered definitively here. But if there's a real Cropsey to be found, it may be Staten Island itself.
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.
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
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
June 2, 2010
Infinitely fascinating for the way it lays out [its] puzzle pieces as well as the interesting local characters the filmmakers encounter on their way to learning the truth themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 3, 2010
Gripping
| Original Score: 3/5
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
June 1, 2010
The latest Cinema Purgatorio release is really a scary story told in the dark, in the get-this whisper of documentary.
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June 4, 2010
...they've gone to great lengths to raise questions in the audience's mind about the [Rand] case. The answers they've found are questions, their conclusion, inconclusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 4, 2010
The core of the story is standard TV fare (and the techniques aren't exactly original), but the filmmakers tell it with wit, verve, and compassion.
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