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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 6, 2014
    63
    The documentary’s greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 30, 2014
    63
    This is a useful primer on what went wrong — and right — in 2008.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    For all of the substantive issues underpinning the documentary, it still feels a slight film for Berlinger, and very unlike the documentary veteran's best work, found in his dogged following of the West Memphis Three case.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    None of the other economic gurus of the era is interviewed, so the film comes across as a 90-minute monologue, which is intriguing to a point but also wearying.
  5. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    Joe Berlinger's Hank: 5 Years From the Brink is more workaday and less transfixing than projects of his like "Brother's Keeper" or "Paradise Lost."
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 30, 2014
    50
    It’s informative but not enlightening, and Mr. Berlinger packs in chattering news clips and a score that’s audible under the interview.

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