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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. Oct 19, 2013
    9
    A fascinating and totally engaging documentary on a subject of deep importance for America's ever-growing epidemic of poverty and incarceration. Can't recommend it enough; this should be mandatory viewing for every American citizen and indeed anyone interested in issues of crime and punishment. Highly recommended alongside the (fictional) film Blackbird, which deftly handles the same issues albeit from a Canadian standpoint. Expand
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93

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jul 8, 2013
    75
    Porter's film is not just a stirring testament to those taking on a Herculean task of bringing some sense of fairness and balance to an out of whack structure, but a reminder that there is still a far distance to go before everyone is equally represented in front of lady justice.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 27, 2013
    100
    Gideon’s Army is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That’s all it needs to grab you by the throat.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 25, 2013
    100
    Porter's film is dramatic, unsettling, despairing, and in the end thrilling -- at some point, it grows from a portrait of this country's problems into a celebration of a possible solution.