A Wilderness of Error: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
A Wilderness of Error

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A Wilderness of Errors' investigation of a well-trodden case struggles to justify its runtime - still, those comfortable with ambiguity may find its inconclusiveness strangely appealing.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 6

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Air date: Sep 25, 2020

Famed filmmaker Errol Morris is obsessed with one of America's most popularized true crimes: the murder of a pregnant wife and two young daughters on an Army base in 1970. Green Beret doctor Jeffrey MacDonald said a band of drugged-crazed hippies attacked his family, led by a girl in a floppy hat. Army investigators said MacDonald committed the murders.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2020

After an Army hearing frees Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, his father-in-law demands a reinvestigation. But when he sees all the evidence, he's shocked by where it leads

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Air date: Sep 25, 2020

Nine years after the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, the guilt of Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is put to a civilian jury. The defense calls a surprise witness: The Girl in a Floppy Hat.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2020

When Joe McGinniss' book, "Fatal Vision," is published, the story it tells is not what convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald had hoped for. New evidence is discovered that may finally prove Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent. The Girl in the Floppy Hat sits for an interview.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2020

Jeffrey MacDonald served more than 30 years in prison when a federal judge finally agrees to hear the new evidence in his case. Errol Morris heads to North Carolina believing the truth will finally come out.

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Critic Reviews for A Wilderness of Error Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

Morris' book meticulously chronicled a wilderness of errors. All Smerling's documentary does is get lost in a wilderness of voices.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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"A Wilderness of Error" is a new kind of true documentary that will keep you on the edge of your seat and eager for more information.

Sep 30, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Director Marc Smerling, working closely with Morris as an interview subject in the FX series, captures the swirl of narratives in this particular case with tight editing and expert construction.

Sep 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Smerling's haunting film-noir visual style succeeds at reinvigorating an old story. His messy conclusion isn't necessarily a problem.

Sep 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"A Wilderness of Error" is half sordid true crime, half Platonic metaphysics and in its dreamy visual way re-creates the hazy history of an appalling event with no reliable witnesses.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

A Wilderness of Error is about that need and about the discomfort that emerges when we can't warp the facts to our need for closure. It's an unsatisfying entry in a genre in which viewers usually demand satisfaction, and it's all the more gripping.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

While inconclusive in many ways, A Wilderness Of Error is strangely satisfying.

Sep 25, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

"A Wilderness of Error" offers a not-so-illuminating message that it's sometimes difficult to get at the truth that's not worth the five hours it takes to hear it.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…
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Tantalizingly inconclusive.

Sep 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Even in an era of documentary series riches... this one is quite compelling as well as artful.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

A Wilderness of Error is a fascinating and informative look at a notorious piece of American history, but it struggles to defend its own relevance.

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

A Wilderness of Error is a bit more entertaining than browsing the relevant Wiki articles, but it's a hell of a lot longer and ultimately less satisfying because, unlike that gathering of information, it sacrifices clarity for drama.

Sep 24, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Wilderness of Error: Season 1

  • Oct 04, 2020
    Interesting documentary about the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case. Good not great.

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