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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
    100
    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
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
  4. 80
    Nelson has fashioned a compelling movie around an unfathomable mystery. To see Jones's face, eyes hidden behind trademark aviator shades, is to experience the last shock in Psycho. His is the blank stare of living death.
  5. Meticulously researched documentary.
  6. Stanley Nelson's documentary shows how a religion becomes a cult, and how people are deceived by an ideal.
  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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