Roll Red Roll Reviews

September 27, 2019
It's a very powerful movie. One of the things it demonstrates is how, in our digital age, there's a trail of incrimination that exists that didn't before.
April 3, 2019
Schwartzman's careful narrative derives its power not just from the archived depravity that gave prosecutors plenty of evidence... but the troubling inquiry - with no simple answers - at the heart of the case.
March 26, 2019
Some of the most disturbing material in "Roll Red Roll" comes via audio from a sports radio show.
March 22, 2019
[Schwartzman] stitches together her narrative through the text messages and social media posts that made the Steubenville case infamous. But she also grounds the story in the reaction of the community.
March 22, 2019
Some of the filmmaking here is a little frustrating, but Roll Red Roll is ultimately an insightful portrait of an entire city shaken and altered by one heinous act, amplified by modern technology.
March 22, 2019
Even if you're steeped in the saga of Steubenville, the film contains plenty to appall you afresh.
March 22, 2019
"Roll Red Roll" captures, with potent power, how the "If it feels good, wreck it" ethos of the beer-pong drink-till-you-submit forced "hookup" is finding more and more of a home among high schoolers.
March 21, 2019
A tough but essential watch, "Roll Red Roll" documents how a sexual assault in a declining Appalachian town became an international cause célèbre.
May 23, 2018
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.
Top Critic
May 3, 2018
Documentaries don't usually horrify the oxygen out of me, but I found myself gulping for air more than once during Roll Red Roll.
April 29, 2018
Difficult to watch, but essential viewing.
April 19, 2018
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.