• NR
  • Documentary
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Sheriff Synopsis
Filmmaker Daniel Kraus follows Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett as he works in rural North Carolina.
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Chicago Reader

The detail captured by Kraus's scrupulously neutral camera adds up to a fascinating, fully realized portrait of the man and the job.
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70

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
But without taking anything away from Frederick Wiseman, who remains a master, Sheriff is almost as good any documentary he's made.
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70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Equal parts colorful character study and real-world procedural, docu by Daniel Kraus retains interest throughout, even if it delivers just...
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63

New York Post

By Russell Scott Smith
An admirably realistic portrait of police life.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
There's no downside to a reminder that not every beefy, God-talking sheriff is a bigoted cracker, and Kraus' short, no-frills documentary...
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60

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
A stripped-down, small town "COPS" without the flashy editing and hip-hop soundtrack.
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60

The New York Times

By Anita Gates
Sheriff may have a point to make about the impact of family, roots and religion on the changing face of rural America, but the film, while...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Some of the material is dramatic, other bits are dull.
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50

Village Voice

There's so little meat to his likable subject that the endeavor proves less "Cops" and more "The Andy Griffith Show."
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Rated NR