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  • Summary: This documentary by Frederick Wiseman profiles residents of a Tampa shelter for battered women.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. 100
    Judged both as reporting and as art -- many of Wiseman's films have a poetic density of structure -- it is a series without parallel in movie history. [11 Feb 2002, p. 92]
  2. Results are illuminating, harrowing, and riveting.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    If I didn't believe that the experience of watching Domestic Violence would change the world for the better, I wouldn't believe in the power of movies. And I wouldn't do what I do.
  4. Wiseman reveals the victims of domestic abuse in all of their pity and terror.
  5. 80
    The most compelling Wiseman epic of recent years -- reminiscent of his hellish 1975 masterpiece, "Welfare," in its open-ended articulation of chaotic, violent, luckless lives.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    While maintaining the appearance of clinical objectivity, this sad, occasionally horrifying but often inspiring film is among Wiseman's warmest.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    70
    A bit too long. Conceptually, it's sensible to keep the camera running while these women bare their souls, but in practical terms, the gist of some of their stories would have sufficed. Nevertheless, Wiseman has scored another considerable achievement in the documentary form.

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