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Incendiary: The Willingham Case Reviews

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
June 27, 2012
As sober as a lab report, the excellent documentary metes out its findings with calm precision.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 19, 2011
Rather flatly told but still engaging throughout, this doc should appeal to both newsmagazine junkies and those impassioned by the death penalty debate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2011
Alarming viewing for anyone who cares about the American justice system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 24, 2011
starts as a meticulous deconstruction of injustice, but ends up feeling more like an elaborate, preaching-to-the-choir anti-Perry campaign film
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 21, 2011
Documentary about injustice piles on facts still needs to make a cinematic case [with] better graphics and clearer explanations. . .Fire images visually drown out reasoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
October 18, 2011
Despite the occasional broad-brush stroke, the filmmakers refuse to tell the viewer which side to take. There's no big-bang ending that tells the audience, once and for all, where the film or filmmakers stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman
October 17, 2011
Through the use of visuals and extensive interviews, Mims and Bailey have turned the Willingham case into a gripping saga.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 17, 2011
Incendiary contends that even if it's too late to save Todd Willingham, it's also long past time for the officials who ignored this obligation, Rick Perry included, to own up.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 13, 2011
A formally conventional but provocative, and perhaps even important, piece of non-fiction pleading, worthy of being on a double bill with another bit of Texana, Errol Morris' 'The Thin Blue Line.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2011
Highly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 7, 2011
Raises interesting and important questions but suffers from poor organization and glosses over or ignores inconvenient facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 7, 2011
It's a sobering look at the danger of fallible people making irreversible decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 7, 2011
Like a match being lit to a tinderpile of flimsy evidence that led to the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in Texas in 2004.
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 6, 2011
Mr. Martin is confident in his convictions. The filmmakers are confident about their science. Justice, this strong documentary asserts, is at risk in the division.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2011
Incendiary exposes a crucial social dialectic without affixing a relatable, if reductive, human face to the center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 6, 2011
It's too bad that Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr.'s documentary Incendiary doesn't reach more effectively beyond those who already share its assumptions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
If occasionally a tad dry, it's a doc that successfully inflames one's righteous indignation at government-sanctioned anti-intellectualism, even as it leaves slightly open the question of its deceased subject's actual guilt.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 4, 2011
Crime doc about a dubious arson case is made more interesting by the involvement of Rick Perry.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 30, 2011
A gripping, appalling and finally galling tick-tock of justice denied in modern-day Texas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 28, 2011
Incendiary: The Willingham Case is a frequently unsettling account of how dubious "science" possibly led to an irreversible miscarriage of justice.
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