Little Hope Was Arson

2014

Little Hope Was Arson (2014)

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January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside-out. LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON weaves thought-provoking questions throughout a gripping true-crime drama, in which communities are challenged, families brought to crisis and, ultimately, redemption sought. (C) The Orchard

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The film's exploration of the tenuous bonds within a community will surely prompt serious soul-searching.

Nov 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Nate Larson's lensing is above documentary average, while first-time feature helmer Love's editing does an astute job of shaping the pic's first 45 minutes as an investigative mystery, leaving the post-arrest remainder for collective soul searching.

Nov 25, 2014 | Full Review…
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It's Americana unvarnished and, because of that, as absorbing as it is respectful.

Nov 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Theo Love's mesmerizing documentary Little Hope Was Arson is as evenhanded as it is unsettling.

Nov 18, 2014 | Full Review…

The film is attractively and professionally packaged however, with accomplished camerawork and editing supporting a narrative that eventually seems to reveal more smoke than fire.

Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…

It digs behind the headlines to raise some provocative questions about police tactics, organized religion, mental illness, knee-jerk violence, faith and forgiveness.

Dec 31, 2014 | Full Review…

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