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The Central Park Five Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 30, 2012
What she and her father and husband have drawn from this material is a combustible amalgam: a movie about justice violated, rectified, and denied.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2012
A careful, thoughtful documentary that meticulously re-creates what happened on that night and details how and why everything went so terribly off-course.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2012
Watching "The Central Park Five" is a deeply affecting experience.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 29, 2012
A skillfully told and important story, though less factual blow-by-blow and more time spent with the five would have been more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 27, 2012
Even as "The Central Park Five" seeks satisfactory answers, it stirs outrage and discouragement all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 27, 2012
Depressing documentary about a rush to judgment over one of NYC's most notorious and heinous crimes."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 25, 2012
'The Central Park Five' is a thoroughly absorbing film that holds a mirror up to our society.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 23, 2012
A passionate and even radical case for racial justice coming from Ken Burns, all the remarkably so given his "feel good" aesthetic so resonant of Steven Spielberg's narrative films.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2012
It's still chilling to see how easily "The Central Park Five" evokes those mad days of urban distrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 22, 2012
In addition to recent interviews with the five, the filmmakers deftly marshal news footage, clips from the supposed confessions, and trenchant analysis.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 22, 2012
Measured in tone and outraged in its argument, it is an emotionally stirring, at times crushingly depressing cinematic call to witness.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 22, 2012
It never expands its scope or meaning over the course of its two-hour running time. But the specifics make the story powerful regardless.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2012
"The Central Park Five" ultimately fails to make its case that five teenagers were sent to jail for a crime they didn't commit solely because of institutional racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
November 20, 2012
A powerful, moving, infuriating experience. Everyone should see this movie.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
November 20, 2012
A sobering portrait of five lives destroyed on a terrible night and an earnest plea for thoughtful, well-considered justice in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 20, 2012
This effort is required viewing for anyone content to remember a dangerous town from afar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2012
[A] patient, righteous documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Casey Burchby
Village Voice
November 20, 2012
The central power of the film comes from hearing the accused finally telling their own stories.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 16, 2012
Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 15, 2012
Sparks intense feelings and re-arouses others suppressed for two decades about racism, official irresponsibility, and the principle of presumed innocence as against presumed guilt.
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