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  • Summary: This documentary tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana, to California, and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society. (Seventh Art Releasing)
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    One of the year's most important documentaries, a real must-see.
  2. 90
    I can't imagine anyone not being both horrified and fascinated by Stanley Nelson's Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple.
  3. 88
    Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact.
  4. As this powerful, minutely documented film reveals, the tragedy wasn’t caused by the failure of the Peoples Temple to realize its goals. In many ways, it was succeeding as a self-sufficient community.
  5. Meticulously researched documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Harrowing and inexorable, the film recaptures the progressive insanity of Jim Jones and the hundreds of worshipers in his thrall, and it certainly gives you willies to last for days.
  7. The Peoples Temple congregation was sizably African-American. But when it comes to how those followers turned into a zombie Kool-Aid death cult, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple leaves you with more questions than you went in with.

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