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The strangeness of this killing speaks for itself, and the director, Erin Lee Carr, largely just lets it do so.
Director Erin Lee Carr has an incredible ability to answer the questions as they arise to the viewer.
A twisted and twisty documentary that's as unsettling as it is absorbing.
It certainly does have a grotesque stranger-than-fiction tale to tell, one that will duly keep any viewer with an ambulance-chasing bone in their body somewhat guiltily riveted to the tube.
Digging beneath the headlines of the high-profile matricide, which turned out to involve one of the most horrific examples of Munchausen syndrome by proxy ever documented, Carr's film poses as many provocative questions as it answers.
Thanks to Carr's efforts, we finally get to meet Dee Dee's father Claude Pitre and other members of the Pitre family, who were absent from Dean's BuzzFeed story. And oh my god, do they have tales to tell.
Dismaying, disquieting, distressing, Mommy Dead and Dearest is above all profoundly cinematic.
The crime at the center of Mommy Dead and Dearest may be scandalous and intriguing, but the documentary's take on its subject always remains human.
Mommy Dead and Dearest will leave you exhausted by the time the credits roll. It's addictive, white-knuckle viewing, dragging you through the darkness and leaving you with the smallest glimmer of hope.
The film's interweaving of past and present creates a visually unsettling tapestry of disbelief.
Questions are raised in Erin Lee Carr's creepily fascinating Mommy Dead and Dearest.
MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST examines a case of such unlikely twists and turns that it would be nearly impossible to follow if not for director Erin Lee Carr's fastidious and sound reporting.
Tragic. So many people could have stopped this. One of the few times I sympathized with a person found guilty of murder.
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