Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Disturbing and flavorful, with a real sense of S.I. atmosphere.
  4. A documentary that delves into what happens when the ghost stories you told as kids, the stuff of urban legends, seem to come true.
  5. 80
    With tinkling thriller music and dramatic voiceover narration, this modest but engrossing first-person documentary comes on like a true crime caper.
  6. 75
    Ultimately -- and perhaps fittingly -- Cropsey is most effective as a study of Staten Island and its inhabitants, specifically the half-life of grief as it is manifested in a self-contained community.
  7. 75
    A creepy documentary with all the elements of a horror film about a demented serial killer, and an extra ingredient: This one is real.
  8. 75
    On several levels, this film is a real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame.
  9. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    The filmmakers tried to get him to tell his side of the story, but he's unwilling to appear on camera. Which leaves them in documentary limbo, since they've gone to great lengths to raise questions in the audience's mind about the case. The answers they've found are questions, their conclusion, inconclusive.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    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.
  11. Its straggling, true-crime narrative, leaping hither and yon like a dog chasing butterflies, is not what holds the film together; the real glue is the emergence of a parallel between location and suspect, between literal dumping ground and figurative. This is so effective that there was no need for the directors to conduct a handheld, "Blair Witch"-y foray into the nighttime woods -- their film is creepy enough in broad daylight.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Cropsey has all the trappings of a true-crime TV special, but with an undercurrent of cultural exposition that is intelligent, profound and unsettling.
  13. 70
    Disturbing true-crime documentary.
  14. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 5, 2014
    Based 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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2013
    Maravilloso 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. Full Review »