West of Memphis Reviews

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Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
March 13, 2013
The case is more intriguing than the film about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 25, 2013
The new film is largely a recap of the older ones, with more celebrity testimonials and fewer Metallica songs but little fresh insight into the miscarriage of justice it chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
December 18, 2012
It's hard to imagine how someone could study this case for so long and yet miss its most critical lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 25, 2012
Take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 21, 2013
We feel like we're watching an overlong true-crime television episode and not a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sara Smith
Kansas City Star
March 7, 2013
"West of Memphis" becomes a greatest-hits concert of prosecutorial misconduct, and you'll agree when the film asserts that prosecutors knew they had the wrong guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013
Berg lays out her case with the logic of a first-rate prosecutor and the theatricality of a born storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: *****
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
March 15, 2013
Moving and gruesome, West of Memphis is an eloquent disquisition on the banality of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
December 19, 2012
By taking a disturbing and sometimes conflicted look at the prejudices that led to the West Memphis Three's imprisonment, it asks murky questions about how people could get something so wrong for so long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
October 13, 2012
An absorbing and emotional journey, West of Memphis is one of the best documentaries of 2012 so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
February 28, 2013
West of Memphis caps off the Paradise Lost/West Memphis Three saga with a line up full of perpetrators including the media, the West Memphis PD, the legal establishment and suspect gift wrapped with a smoking gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Hannah McGill
The List
January 3, 2013
Diligent, complex and justly indignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
January 4, 2013
Filmmaker Amy Berg (Oscar nominated Deliver Us From Evil) has once again struck documentary gold with her hard-hitting journalistic feature, West of Memphis.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
This is a movie that can stun you.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
February 1, 2012
Berg's film is but a piece of the entire story, but it's an essential entry into the horrifying true life tale.
Andrew Simpson
Little White Lies
December 19, 2012
After your blood has stopped boiling, it's the quieter moments that stay with you. Now go see Paradise Lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 13, 2012
West of Memphis is less comprehensive and more manipulative than the Paradise Lost films, but a thoroughly engaging condensation of the facts nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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