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  • Summary: This documentary tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated -- innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. (New Yorker Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. 91
    Powerfully explores the struggles faced by those whom DNA testing has exonerated after years behind bars.
  2. What emerges from these stories is a picture of the fallibility of the system and the vulnerability of innocent citizens, whom even scientific evidence cannot protect from incompetence, ego and prejudice, and of the courage of the exonerated victims to make meaning of their tragedies.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    80
    Jessica Sanders has observed a collection of lives dramatically altered by a flawed legal system.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    After Innocence isn't bravura filmmaking, and it doesn't have to be -- this is one of those documentaries where the subject is compelling enough to do the legwork.
  5. In her clear and compelling film, Sanders lets the innocents do the talking.
  6. Puts a human face on the failings of the American judicial system and the growing importance of DNA in legal proceedings.
  7. 60
    Taylor does her cause no real favors by trotting out only the most articulate, most clearly railroaded exonerees. It should be just as chilling to learn that even the shady get screwed.

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  1. RalphusJ.
    Jan 17, 2006
    9
    Bothered by Barry Scheck's role (he helped get O.J. off), but otherwise this is a nice piece of work.

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