The Central Park Five Reviews

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November 14, 2019
If The Central Park Five didn't use most of its runtime on historians, reporters and people peripheral to the case, it could have gone from run-of-the-mill procedural to gut-punch of injustice.
November 28, 2018
The Central Park Five dissects the political and social tension that turned an already shocking series of events into one of the most racially charged moments in New York City history.
May 14, 2018
The Central Park Five is a vivid, involving documentary. The story it tells is a wrenching one, but it never succumbs to hyperbole or sensationalism.
June 27, 2017
If hindsight is 20/20, the amount of perspective the film's talking heads provide practically amounts to a telephoto lens. It provides a comprehensive and detailed telling of a long-term, complicated series of events.
November 9, 2016
A searing, purposeful documentary -- a 21st century cautionary tale.
July 27, 2013
It's more like an interesting, in-depth article in The New Yorker than a movie.
June 17, 2013
The film, in some ways a primer on the perennial intractability of racial prejudice, clearly intends to be some sort of vindication of its five central figures. It succeeds in the first respect but falls wide of the mark in the second.
May 13, 2013
The filmmakers do a tremendous job of setting the mood and mind-set of New Yorkers in the spring of 1989, when violent crime was rampant and the Big Apple was rotting to the core.
April 26, 2013
Burns and Co. once again nail the complexity of history with traditionally eye-opening results, yet The Central Park Five isn't quite as comprehensive as hoped, capping such profound pain with a few nagging question marks.
April 17, 2013
It's a vivid and gripping documentary (although, at two hours, somewhat longer than it needs to be), a grave indictment of a city and a system at the breaking point.
April 16, 2013
The Central Park Five takes one of the most sensational crimes of the late 20th century and strips the circus that followed down to its roots. The horrific attack in the woods on that April night 24 years ago was just the beginning.
April 16, 2013
The Central Park Five," the second best documentary of 2013, examines the case, placing in perfect context of what was happening in 1989 in NYC and how it led to evil both in Central Park and in the offices of the people trying to keep us safe.
March 28, 2013
When hysteria trumps innocence
January 10, 2013
Like the "Paradise Lost" films, it's a shocking but clear-eyed portrait of injustice.
January 4, 2013
The Central Park Five is such a moving piece of work, it is difficult to watch at times.
January 1, 2013
It shows what happens when police and prosecutors abuse their power.
December 24, 2012
Expect your blood pressure to rise during The Central Park Five.
December 21, 2012
The doc is rife with smart or wrenching or shameful moments. The fresh interviews with the accused, now men, are invaluable.
December 20, 2012
Puts the crime and the times in sharp perspective.
December 20, 2012
Burns and company conduct a thorough, riveting investigation that does a far better job of assessing the tragedy than the justice system did two decades before. Of course, hindsight is an advantage we all take for granted.
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