They Call Us Monsters

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They Call Us Monsters is undeniably compelling, even if it can't offer a complete look at the widespread issues it faces.

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Legislators debate legislation that allows for adult charges for juvenile offenders.

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  • Tighter editing might have made this a great movie, rather than just a good one. The material is there. But They Call Us Monsters nevertheless helps us better understand the eternal conundrum of family-loving teens who turn into violent threats ...

    February 2, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Even if you agree with the film's argument that teenagers shouldn't be locked up for life when there are other ways to save them, "Monsters" doesn't offer a convincing argument that a screenwriting class is that lifeline.

    February 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's little doubt prison reform needs to address the severe effects of locking up kids for life, but "They Call Us Monsters" feels like a well-meaning skim rather than an impassioned, expertly reasoned plea for mercy.

    January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • No matter which side of the issue you come down on, and no matter how engaging these young fellows can seem, the truth is they are where they need to be.

    January 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a considerable amount of catharsis in They Call Us Monsters, but it is bittersweet at best.

    January 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While Ben Lear's documentary is reasonably clear about its own position on the issue, the film's material is so thin that it provides few reasons to believe the conclusion it's selling.

    January 20, 2017 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

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