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The Central Park Five Reviews

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December 14, 2012
As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 14, 2012
How could this second crime have occurred? The film asks that question but only partly answers it, and in the process it raises an even more troubling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2012
"The Central Park Five" is a sobering indictment of racism and vigilante justice, yet it is constrained by a PBS-style deference to the very system it critiques.
December 13, 2012
"The Central Park Five" is worth seeing, both for the ways it's timeless and for the ways it encapsulates an era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2012
You can't help but wonder why this film wasn't made 20 years ago, when it could have saved these men some time behind bars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2012
What's amazing about listening to them speak now, often through tears, is the absence of bitterness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2012
You'll notice something odd as you watch and your anger rises at the injustice of it all: The anger of the wrongly convicted does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2012
What keeps the film from being an impossible downer is the guts and spirit and smart words of the Central Park Five, four of whom, now freed, are interviewed at length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2012
A miscarriage of justice on this scale would have been tragic had it resulted from an honest mistake - but, as this meticulously researched movie makes clear, honesty had little to do with it.
December 11, 2012
The [documentary] team builds a solid story from the time of the crime through the release from prison those wrongly accused and railroaded into confessing to a crime they did not commit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 10, 2012
The result is both compelling and infuriating.
December 8, 2012
The Central Park Five provides background drawn from contemporary media images, including crime scene footage accompanied by a detective's grisly description, as well as reflections by those involved.
December 7, 2012
Not only gripping and heartbreaking, but terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 7, 2012
At times, this is a devastating film, one that acknowledges the desire for but refuses to buy into an easy answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2012
The film offers a snapshot of the white hysteria then gripping the city, which was stoked by the tabloids and resulted in police and prosecutors railroading five black youths into prison.
December 6, 2012
Among all of the case's horrors, one of the strongest is that a serial rapist ultimately cared more about the truth than the prosecution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2012
An unusually good documentary about an outlandish miscarriage of justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2012
Involves a detailed reconstruction of how the story broke, was developed and was dramatized by lurid tabloid headlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2012
Central Park is at first discomforting, then enraging, then illuminating.
December 5, 2012
A wonderfully vital, illuminating study of the New York of 20-plus years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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