Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Image
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  • Summary: A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Aug 13, 2014
    70
    This smart HBO documentary convicts the media coverage and trial itself as guilty to Farce in the First Degree.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Aug 13, 2014
    60
    Zagar’s thesis — that overpowering media exploitation determined its legal outcome early on — is introduced in the very first shot, then hammered home harder the longer the pic goes on.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 13, 2014
    60
    [A] well-crafted but frankly nonessential documentary.

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