The Witness (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Witness can't hope to truly untangle the true crime case at its center, but offers a series of fascinating -- and troubling -- insights in the attempt.
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An engrossing detective story, an enlightening sociological study, and a heartbreaking story of unreconciled grief, "The Witness" is one of the best documentaries of 2016.
It's a quietly effective documentary that works on two levels.
The movie cuts deep on a personal level as well, turning Kitty from a poster child back into a real person.
"The Witness" makes an encouraging case for the argument that society is not as apathetic as we fear. But it also reveals a troubling phenomenon: our willingness to accept all that we are told as truth.
For all the tedium of the work before William, "The Witness" is a riveting deconstruction of a decades-old media narrative.
The story deftly switches focus from Bill's quest to Bill himself. We learn how and why the witness apathy story has haunted him for 50 years, his family's reaction to his admitted obsession over it, and how it shaped his life.
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