The Central Park Five Synopsis
Filmmakers examine the 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman.
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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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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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Chicago Tribune

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

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

By davisfam
I wish I could rate this film. It is not playing anywhere near us. I am from LI and remember when this happened. Please open this movie up to be seen everywhere. Everyone wants to be able to see...


By bnww
This is a must-see documentary about the real facts in the Central Park Jogger case. It's shameful how the NYPD and the Manhattan DA's office intentionally mishandled this case and the lives of...

A TOTAL MUST SEE! It should be showing in EVERY BOROUGH! but DONT LET that stop U

By aasramon
A total must see. The film was excellent. I am thankful that the film was done. The diectors did a great job and he young Men are very brave. There is so much that millions of people DONT KNOW about...

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By mtbradner
An important movie - to remember that humans need are fallable and require checks to power....


By temishiaj
its scary to witness how judgmental humans can be....


By moooosh23
Loved this movie!!! This is a must-see...the story blows me away!...

Eye opener!!

By kardog2000
Contain lots of facts withheld from the public. Extremely interesting!!...

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By emdot
Went to see this film about a friend of mine, Raymond Santana, and four other gentleman. It's important to know about the injustices in this world that are usually swept under the rug. I encourage...

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Rated NR