• Released
  • November 23, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 59 min
  • Documentary
  • 35 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Filmmakers examine the 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman.

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NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Its greatest advantage over the book is that this is a story well-documented in moving pictures. In addition to recent interviews with the...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
If the second hour or so isn't as strong as the first, it's because the filmmaking fails to rise to the injustice that's befallen its...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
An unusually good documentary about an outlandish miscarriage of justice.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The case transfixed a racially polarized New York City. The teens were labeled as a "wolf pack" by the news media, led by the New York...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a different city today, in a country that sees its racial and social divides with more clarity than it did back then. But the most...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

A meticulously reported chronicle of a case that shook New York in 1989 and remains a mark of shame on the city ten years after the...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Worth seeing, both for the ways it's timeless and for the ways it encapsulates an era.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Ultimately fails to make its case that five teenagers were sent to jail for a crime they didn't commit solely because of institutional...
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Rated NR