Strong Island Reviews

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September 22, 2017
... rather than trying to provide the definitive depiction of the crime, or bring the murderer to justice, Strong Island is instead a more visceral and profound cinematic experience.
September 21, 2017
When we say Black lives matter, it is often with precision focus on someone who has lost their life. We don't often consider the crippling impact on the lives of the people who love them.
September 21, 2017
Strong Island is an example of how the justice system routinely fails people of color. But more important, his film examines the impact of that failure on families and communities.
September 21, 2017
A view of systemic racism through a highly personal and artistic lens.
September 16, 2017
Strong builds a poignant, methodical portrait of loss. Telling William's story won't bring him back, but at least it will let the world know he lived.
September 15, 2017
This documentary is important, not just as personal investigation, but as a statement against official records: the countless cases where indictments aren't reached, where cases are closed, where young people are pressured to take plea bargains.
September 15, 2017
There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.
September 15, 2017
The doc is a demanding, wrenching watch; an important work, if not necessarily one you'd recommend to your friends.
September 15, 2017
If the excerpts from the diary leading up to his death don't break your heart, you probably haven't got one.
September 14, 2017
This is cinematic intimacy in the best manner for the worst of all reasons.
September 14, 2017
This potent film gives equal weight to complex emotions as well as bare facts. In the same way, it's not just the story of a man's death, but also a study of the aftermath.
September 13, 2017
It's clear that the filmmaker wants you to feel the same kind of hurt and anger he feels as more information unfolds about William Ford Jr.'s death.
September 13, 2017
Courageous, intimate, heart-rending ...
September 13, 2017
What's valuable here, in addition to Ford's visual mastery, is the wealth of context that he provides.
September 12, 2017
The pain of Will's death is very much present, still, and Strong Island-one of the best films of the year-is an attempt to harness it.
March 14, 2017
Slyly edited in a way that plays with timelines and repetitions, while also allowing her interview subjects to occasionally veer on tangents, Ford's film is something much more intimate than just mere memoir of cinematic vigil.
March 13, 2017
Ford is more than a witness-he is a crucial participant in the events of the film, and its elements of pain and guilt are reflected in his grief-stricken, self-interrogating aesthetic.
March 10, 2017
The film builds, out of an outlet for discussing the tragedy of one family, into an emotionally, intellectually, and aesthetically complex work of essay and memoir.
March 6, 2017
Ford displays a strong visual sense that raises this film above the many true-crime documentaries now in circulation.
February 4, 2017
Ford's intent as a filmmaker isn't just to expose and protest the injustice of his brother's murder. It's to say: Behold what was lost. A life. A human being. A complex soul. A family's equilibrium. Feel what was lost.
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