The Staircase (2005)




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This documentary examines the trial of author Michael Peterson who was arraigned on charges of murdering his wife after she was found dead at the foot of the staircase in their North Carolina home. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Staircase

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

So brilliantly conceived, reported, filmed and paced that you may come to wish it were twice as long.

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New York Times
Top Critic

The Staircase engenders a good deal of sympathy for the accused and especially for his family, while leaving the question of his guilt wide open.

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AV Club
Top Critic

A remarkable eight-part documentary that offers an intimate, vérité glimpse of a very sensationalistic trial.

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Village Voice
Top Critic

One of the most engrossing films that I've ever seen. If all television was this good, we could get rid of theaters.

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Internet Reviews

So much legal craziness that you'll soon agree the whole system is totally out of whack.

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Audience Reviews for The Staircase


Intimate, fascinating, deeply maddening, and among the most explosively terrifying examples of judiciary corruption and incompetence imaginable.

Nick Anno
Nick Anno

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