Roll Red Roll (2018)



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In small-town Ohio, at a pre-season football party, a horrible incident took place. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. As amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard uncovers disturbing evidence on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, documenting the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team, questions linger around the collusion of teen and adult bystanders. ROLL RED ROLL explores the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders in this story, to unearth the attitudes at the core of their behavior. The Steubenville story acts as a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults look the other way and deny that rape culture exists. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the documentary feature unflinchingly asks: "why didn't anyone stop it?"


Critic Reviews for Roll Red Roll

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Nancy Schwartzman's devastating real-life thriller documents a shocking sexual assault in a tight-knit community, and the role of social media in compounding the felony but also helping to solve it.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Documentaries don't usually horrify the oxygen out of me, but I found myself gulping for air more than once during Roll Red Roll.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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Difficult to watch, but essential viewing.

Apr 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The only real strike against this well-constructed, compelling picture is that it could stand to be longer; director Nancy Schwartzman occasionally sacrifices depth for brevity, only scratching the surface of small-town sports culture and groupthink.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Schwartzman is careful to depict the police involved in the case as diligent, honorable professionals tasked with the impossible case of getting confessions from terrified teenagers -- but they are still shown as largely ineffective.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Nancy Schwartzman's account of the Steubenville, Ohio high school rape case is an urgent and necessary film in the #MeToo movement.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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