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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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Disturbing and flavorful, with a real sense of S.I. atmosphere.
  4. 75
    On several levels, this film is a real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    70
    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.
  6. 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.
  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: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 2, 2013
    9
    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. Expand

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