Reviews

Sep 27, 2020
I found myself leaving the theater in a stunned silence and amazingly disappointed in a justice system that seemed far more invested in protecting itself.
Nov 19, 2019
West of Memphis could have made a statement about presumptions and the fallibility of our justice system. Instead, we see millionaires like Vedder feeling good about themselves for saving three innocent people.
Aug 6, 2019
West of Memphis is a weighty expose of human nature, and Berg proves herself once again to be a master of her craft.
Aug 6, 2019
A compelling chronicle of true crime, paranoia, and a world where justice no longer holds any meaning.
Feb 7, 2019
Sadly hindered by some questionable finger-pointing and an inappropriately celebratory ending... But West of Memphis is still commendable in its scope and passion.
Aug 23, 2018
West of Memphis aims to take a more established and polished cinematic approach to the material, detailing the entire story.
Aug 9, 2013
A documentary that distills 19 years of a witch hunt, a grass roots movement, lost leads, confusion, countless appeals, and hope into one remarkable movie that is hellbent on setting the record straight.
May 13, 2013
It effectively condenses what took the 'Paradise Lost' films nearly eight hours to reveal into a tight, snappy 149 minutes that affords you everything you need to know about the West Memphis Three.
May 13, 2013
It's another case where, instead of a prosecution having to prove a case, a defendant has to choose the lesser of two evils. "This happens all the time," defendant Damien Echols says of the whole process, and he's right.
Apr 5, 2013
It's not a new story, true, but "West of Memphis" makes it both extremely personal and universally painful.
Apr 4, 2013
A sobering look at how the wheels of justice can be -- and are -- manipulated by political expediency and a small town's tendrils of the old boy network
Mar 29, 2013
The film is so utterly transfixing you won't believe almost two-and-a-half hours have passed when the final credits roll.
Mar 21, 2013
We feel like we're watching an overlong true-crime television episode and not a movie.
Mar 18, 2013
I would have preferred Jackson's clinically-presented project display a bit more reverence for the three young lives that were brutally taken some twenty years ago.
Mar 15, 2013
Moving and gruesome, West of Memphis is an eloquent disquisition on the banality of evil.
Mar 14, 2013
A real-life horror story, made no less shocking by the familiarity of its early scenes.
Mar 14, 2013
"West of Memphis" re-examines evidence and retells the story in a methodical and procedural fashion in which even the false steps lead somewhere.
Mar 14, 2013
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 13, 2013
More a recap and appendix to the Paradise Lost trilogy... one can't help but feel that the celebrities involved needed this document of their efforts to appease their vanity.
Mar 13, 2013
The case is more intriguing than the film about it.