West of Memphis


West of Memphis

Critics Consensus

Both a sobering look at a true crime story and a scathing indictment of the American justice system, West of Memphis is a real-life horror story told with fury and compassion.



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From director Amy Berg, in collaboration with first time Producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis along with filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh comes West of Memphis, a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, Berg's unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (29)

  • It's not a new story, true, but "West of Memphis" makes it both extremely personal and universally painful.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • We feel like we're watching an overlong true-crime television episode and not a movie.

    Mar 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A real-life horror story, made no less shocking by the familiarity of its early scenes.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • While the "Paradise Lost" films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, "West of Memphis" has the luxury of at least partial closure.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • And justice for all? Hardly.

    Feb 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • It tells the story of a terrible crime compounded by a grave injustice that's been remedied, but only in part, so it's impossible to have a single or simple response to the movie.

    Feb 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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