Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

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Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced jurors otherwise. Valle was facing a possible life sentence when filmmaker Erin Lee Carr began visiting him in prison. After 22 months behind bars, his conviction was overturned in a stunning reversal. Carr was there for his release and subsequent house arrest to examine a life arrested. But the question remains: given the chance, would he, could he, have done it? "Thought Crimes" unravels the conflicting stories of a potentially dangerous young man and the unexpected consequences of our online activity.

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Critic Reviews for Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

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  • Carr has a terrific knack for knowing when to cut, just when your sympathies are veering too far in one direction.

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Erin Lee Carr, the documentary does an outstanding job of remaining as objective with the case as possible.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's by no means an easy question, and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr presents every side of the debate fairly: It is to her credit that you come away from the film not knowing what to think.

    Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Even at 82 minutes, the film overstays its welcome.

    Feb 22, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • There are no easy answers, but man was this a tough watch.

    May 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film by the daughter of the recently deceased journalist David Carr provides plenty to consider as law enforcement has unprecedented access to thoughts through our every keystroke or random search engine inquiry.

    May 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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