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Reviews: West of Memphis (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretnsion
    • Excerpt: In relating the account of a specific case, that of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jesse Misskelley, Jr., Berg undertakes some massive questions about the what and why of justice, human capacity for kindness or selfishness and the dangerous side of the status quo. What makes West of Memphis so watchable, though, is that she wraps it all up in a fantastic and moving yarn.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A laser-sharp documentary about a grisly crime, the unjust imprisonment of three innocent young men, and the first crowd-sourced investigation in history.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s a beautifully done piece of work in its own right, yet viewed beside the trilogy which preceded it, it comes across a bit like “Paradise Lost 3b – the Celebrity Edition.”
  • Kate Erbland @ Film School Rejects
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Public perception and police misconduct take well-deserved raps here, as do larger issues of American injustice…
  • [New – 3/7] | Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Coming on the heels of the Paradise Lost trilogy, Amy Berg’s West of Memphis feels a bit late to the game. But unlike Berlinger’s films, it doesn’t have a direct agenda.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Three teens get railroaded by our media-hyped justice machine and Henry Rollins gets really pissed off about it.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Director Amy Berg builds West of Memphis with the gripping suspense of a police thriller; but real life has not cooperated in providing an ending.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “West of Memphis” is part of a sea change in the way that cinema stimulates social change.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: If you’ve seen the ‘Paradise Lost’ trilogy on the case, ‘West of Memphis’ wiil be a must. If not, it’s even more so.
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:06 am

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