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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012's not evil and it's enjoyable in the same way the really terrible movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 were enjoyable (or at least it was for me and my jaded sensibilities)... a well-intentioned mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
The plot, in short, is underwhelming. It merely follows the reporters as the screenplay serves them the solution to their case on a silver platter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
April 11, 2012
Although helmer Curt Hahn champions the causes of racial justice and crusading journalism, he can't seem to find a tone that's consistent or that befits the gravity of his subject matter.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 12, 2012
Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 2, 2012
The acting is the strong suit of this 'cold case civil rights murder' drama, with songwriter J.D. Souther -- who resembles a more professorial Clint Eastwood -- making a particularly distinct impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 8, 2012
By the end of it, you'll be crying uncle--or wish you were watching The Help instead. At least that was a more artful lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
The fact that real-life deadly racial animus in America is often cartoonish in its manifestation doesn't excuse Deadline's cliché-ridden characterizations of bigotry.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 13, 2012
A case involving the murder of a black youth gets solved here, but absolutely nothing could help this numbingly awful, undoubtedly well-intentioned but who-cares-it's-so-bad farrago.
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