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  • Summary: Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true, two filmmakers delve into the mystery behind five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearance in their hometown of Staten Island, New York. (Cinema Purgatorio)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 88
    A chillingly effective documentary.
  2. 83
    Cropsey is compelling as a meditation on how we use stories to explain the inconceivable, and how if no story is handy, we take the available clues and make one up.
  3. 80
    With tinkling thriller music and dramatic voiceover narration, this modest but engrossing first-person documentary comes on like a true crime caper.
  4. 75
    On several levels, this film is a real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    The story of the unsolved abductions and the man who might have become the scapegoat for a community is troubling enough. No big-screen trickery is required.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Cropsey has all the trappings of a true-crime TV special, but with an undercurrent of cultural exposition that is intelligent, profound and unsettling.
  7. 60
    Embracing what's really standard tabloid fodder of the decade with earnest engagement and doled-out suspense, Cropsey is one step from macabre comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 2, 2013
    9
    Maravilloso documental con tintes de terror; con una direccion excelente, hipnotizante, macabra y terrorifica. Sigue una narrativa clasica deMaravilloso documental con tintes de terror; con una direccion excelente, hipnotizante, macabra y terrorifica. Sigue una narrativa clasica de documental, sin embargo es efectiva e interesante. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2014
    8
    Based on a true story that still haunts Staten Island. Cropsey works a documentary about a distraught serial killer, but also works as theBased on a true story that still haunts Staten Island. Cropsey works a documentary about a distraught serial killer, but also works as the type of movie that you won't be forgetting any time soon. Expand

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