Justice (2004)



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Carter (Roger Guenveur Smith) is a fed-up public defender who decides to take on the corrupt system the only way he knows how. He sets up a law office in the inner city and begins organizing and activist group in the hopes of exposing the dishonest powers that work behind the scenes. There are those who like the system the way it is, however, and they make Carter's mission a dangerous one. His girlfriend, fearing for her two small children, is reluctant to follow him into the depths of the city's malfeasance, and Carter is learning that making a serious difference in the world might come at a hefty price.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Justice

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Already a master of the objective eye, Ramos uses her unobtrusive camera to uncover the frustrations inherent in a vastly imbalanced society where hope is scarce and the future is dim.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Top Critic

Justice often moves painfully slowly, and so does Justice (Justiça), a documentary by Maria Ramos about low-level criminal courts in Brazil that at times might be mistaken for an unedited video feed from a courthouse security camera.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
New York Times
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With its unobtrusive visual style, Justice plays like a near-parody of documentary objectivity, subtly suggesting the malleable nature of 'truth,' both in the courtroom and the movie theater.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Village Voice
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Despite its outsize ambitions, Evan Oppenheimer's independent feature is generally low-key and likable, thanks mainly to a talented cast.

Full Review… | April 28, 2004
New York Times
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Though director Oppenheimer has a nice comedic touch, an achronological structure and distracting vignettes thwart the film's emotional designs.

Full Review… | April 27, 2004
Village Voice
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Cinema verite look at the criminal justice system in Brazil. Distinguished by its ability to examine class society without being heavy-handed.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006

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