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: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 15, 2011
    67
    I suspect it's that spirit as much as the injustice of her incarceration that drew so many people to her cause and inspired this labor-of-love documentary about her journey to hell and back.
  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: Stephanie Merry
    Jul 21, 2011
    75
    Some movies prove so eye-opening that a viewer may feel the urge to recount the story, start to finish, to friends and acquaintances. Crime After Crime is that kind of film.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 8, 2011
    80
    A deeply affecting account of the very real effect of political corruption, but also of resilience and grace.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Jul 2, 2011
    40
    Stylistically dull, Crime After Crime proceeds from one talking-head interview to the next, sticking to sentiment.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jul 1, 2011
    50
    Potash's film tells an important and disturbing story, but his presentation is uninspired and non-cinematic. It's best left to TV.
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 1, 2011
    80
    This story doesn't go well with popcorn, and you won't be able to shake it off like so many blockbusters. That said, it's likely to be the most unforgettable film you see all summer.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 28, 2011
    80
    With its bittersweet outcome, this is a tremendously moving story, strong in social commitment and deftly woven out of years of footage.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 28, 2011
    75
    It not only makes for riveting cinematic drama (all the more impressive given that it relies so heavily on recounted words rather than illustrated actions), but for first-rate muckraking.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 28, 2011
    60
    The tale itself is extraordinary, so why not let it do the talking? When Crime After Crime sifts through the facts, we feel the pull of justice; those moments might be enough.
  13. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 28, 2011
    70
    Although helmer Yoav Potash's approach is low-key and only vaguely cinematic, each instance of judicial malfeasance -- and there are many -- is allowed to toll loudly in its own moral echo chamber.
  14. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Jun 28, 2011
    60
    Potash's first feature-length documentary otherwise does justice to its subject's wrenching story.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Aug 20, 2011
    70
    As cinema, Crime After Crime is nothing special. It would be perfect for a PBS "Frontline" entry. But it reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 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 »