Lorena: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Fascinating and frustrating, Lorena's ample footage and fresh perspective on a long-mocked moment provide welcome context and vindication to the woman at its center -- even if its reenactments don't quite measure up.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 21
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Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019
Air date: Feb 15, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Lorena Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (20)

Lorena is a fine, highly researched example of the way that documentary makers, with the benefit of hindsight, are re-evaluating the way identity issues like gender, race, religion and class played out during the recent past as prejudiced tabloids...

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The rosy lens of hindsight. One of the many striking elements of Lorena, though -- despite the film's unflinching examinations of the ways the American culture of the '90s failed its star and subject -- is that it offers no such assurances.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

In the #MeToo era, this examination couldn't be more relevant.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

First-rate film that succeeds in re-working the story we thought we knew into the story we should have known all along.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story also fits into the current vogue for documentarising true crime stories that occurred within the living memory of the average On Demand viewer, but before they were given the opportunity to debate the issues on social media.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rather than yet another dissection of the shortcomings of American justice, Joshua Rofé's series highlights a case that could have changed the narrative on spousal abuse, but which instead became a freak show.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[T]he story's emphasis is where it should be - on the wider issue of domestic abuse.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

While the documentary fully explores these many intersecting pieces, there's one aspect of Lorena's case that I wished were discussed more..Because Lorena came to this country without her family, it left her isolated and without shelter or safety...

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Lorena is a vital re-examination that goes beyond the headlines, reminding us of the story we really should have focused on.

Mar 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Sensitive and mature docu-series digs into a '90s scandal.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The documentary series makes many interesting, astute points. However, it also suffers from structural issues that sometimes obfuscate what it's trying to say about the case.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There is something missing in this project that will make audiences reflect on the themes it presents. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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