Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 6, 2014
    100
    Potash marks time by the year until the last 30 minutes of the film, when the clock intertitles speed up with the many advancements in her situation, building to a breathless finish that will leave the viewer emotionally crushed and yet also hopeful and joyous.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 4, 2011
    100
    This film delivers an emotional wallop, and it's hard to argue against that. Don't miss it.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 1, 2011
    90
    Recording every success and setback, the wrenching documentary Crime After Crime favors the personal over the political, creating a no-frills portrait of a stoic and remarkably unembittered woman.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 30, 2011
    83
    Through the ceaseless efforts of two dedicated pro bono lawyers-both with personal reasons to keep up the fight for five or six grueling years-director Yoav Potash follows every revelation and setback with an urgency most fiction films can't muster.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    This movie portrays a heart-wrenching story which is all to familiar to a large percentage of our nation's incarcerated women. The lengths to which this poor woman has to go in order to receive anything resembling justice are appalling, and the condemnation of the criminal "justice" system is impossible to ignore. This story is grippingly and expertly told by filmmaker Yoav Potash. This is not just an issue isolated to one, poor woman and one unfortunately incident: this is a shockingly common story within our prisons, especially among female prisoners (as pointed out by the film). If you've gotten anything out of the social commentary in either the book or screen versions of Orange is the New Black, you should see this movie for the real picture of what's happening every day to our peers in our prisons. Full Review »
  2. Dsb
    Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Crime after crime Is a interesting splice of life Woven in a tapestry of controversy It follows the struggles of a woman falsely Accused of murder Of her abusive pimp boyfriend With a excellent backstory of two young attorneys trying to get her out of prison I find this will be uplifting and positive Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2014
    10
    With good reason this film received seven standing ovations at Sundance! It's personal, emotional and uncovers shameful things about our legal system. Footage taken within a prison, let alone one of the biggest maximum security women's prisons in the world, is impossible to get so this was a huge coup for the filmmaker. Should be required viewing. Full Review »