• Released
  • December 25, 2012
  • R , 2 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
  • 29 Fan Ratings
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Do we need a fourth film? Yes, I think we do. If you only see one of them, this is the one to choose, because it has the benefit of hindsight.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film casts a hypnotic spell all its own. It artfully sketches out the events for anyone who's coming in cold, but basically, its strategy is to take what we already know and go deeper.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Berg's film, which she wrote with Billy McMillin, tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost-the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives.
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88

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
While the “Paradise Lost” films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, West of Memphis has the luxury of at least partial closure.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Although it's the fourth documentary about the West Memphis Three, West of Memphis doesn't feel superfluous. This bizarre case rates at least 18 documentaries - one for each year Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley spent in prison for murders they clearly didn't commit.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A long documentary that's very hard to watch - at times, it's harrowing.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A strong, blood-boiling documentary from director Amy Berg, who made the similarly fine "Deliver Us From Evil".
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Certainly, the West Memphis 3 deserve more chances to detail how the justice system went nightmarishly awry. But take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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