Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat Image
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  • Summary: This documentary scratches its way beneath the surface of an infamous Toronto animal cruelty case, deftly exploring the opaque logic surrounding this macabre act. (Rough Age Projectiles)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 75
    Make no mistake: Casuistry isn't easy to watch. Cat lovers might be especially turned off. But Asher had every right to make it, and you have every right to see it.
  2. Tells a fascinatingly lurid tale.
  3. 50
    The documentary is fair-minded but vague, and disturbing only when it describes the cat-killing in gruesome detail...Someone should take another crack at this story. Call it "The Art Of Killing Of A Movie."
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Without any deeper consideration of the matter, the film is a grueling experience, and 90 minutes is simply far too long to spend in the company of Jesse Power.
  5. The offending videotape is never seen, but the entire film is built around its absence. Periodically, the film returns to a written police account of the video, which scrolls up the screen, documenting the animal's suffering blow by blow to the sound of ominous music.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Peranson
    40
    In deliberate, clinical fashion, Zev Asher's documentary catches up with a notorious Canadian case of art versus animal cruelty.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    Too underground in feel.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2