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  • Summary: In Deadline, directors Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson tackle the volatile topic of the American capital punishment system with intelligence, compassion and balance. Furthermore, they capture the extraordinary transformation of one man, former Illinois governor George Ryan, who holds theIn Deadline, directors Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson tackle the volatile topic of the American capital punishment system with intelligence, compassion and balance. Furthermore, they capture the extraordinary transformation of one man, former Illinois governor George Ryan, who holds the power of life and death in his hands. (Big Mouth Productions)
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Potent docudocu by Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson makes a strong case against capital punishment by pointing up the fallibility of the justice system, while offering an inspiring portrait of one politico who actually seems guided foremost by conscience.
  2. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    80
    The film is an example of social activism at its best; it's not only enlightening, but it's an engrossing story that a smart television audience should embrace.
  3. There is no rage here or Michael Moore-like bluster. Instead, Deadline is a straightforward, compassionate look at a volatile subject.
  4. 75
    A sober, even low-key documentary about how the American death penalty system is broken and probably can’t be fixed.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    70
    What Deadline lacks in heft it makes up for in common sense.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Rarely has the argument against the death penalty been made so articulately, or so poignantly.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    Deadline contributes reason and passion to the ongoing debate about whether civilized nations should employ the ultimate punishment and how justly it is administered.

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