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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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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EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!

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...

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...

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...

amazing

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

Eye opener!!

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

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riveting

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