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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 8, 2014
    80
    Director Samantha Grant scores an interview with Blair himself, whose too-little-too-late admissions (along with his reemergence as a postguilt life coach) might drive your crowd to hisses.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    [A] meticulous postmortem.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    It’s a swift, vivid movie, but 10 years past the scandal, not much is new.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    The movie covers all the bases, but doesn’t advance the story.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 8, 2014
    60
    While mostly well made, and certain to serve as a handy précis for the J-school set, A Fragile Trust is more a soiling reminder than a revelation for anyone already familiar with Blair's case.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Though its even-tempered account may be more thorough than print and TV coverage at the time, the doc doesn't offer anything dramatic enough to draw many eyeballs at this late date.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Lightness of touch is missing from the film, which features animated graphics and an ominous score.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Mercifully, as seen from 11 years later, Jayson Blair himself seems a lot less important, not to mention a lot less interesting.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    Anyone who paid the slightest attention to the Jayson Blair story when it broke will find nothing new here, though director Samantha Grant does a solid job of laying it all out. What’s disappointing is how little time is afforded to subsidiary aspects that are arguably more significant than Blair’s anomalous transgressions.

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