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  • Summary: Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town celebrates a charismatic judge who is hell-bent on keeping kids in line...until one parent dares to question the motives behind his brand of justice. This real life thriller reveals the untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal and the chilling aftermath of lives destroyed in the process - a stunning emotional roller coaster. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Feb 27, 2014
    91
    [A] harrowing documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 20, 2014
    90
    A real-life thriller that rivals the most dramatic fiction in terms of emotional impact.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 27, 2014
    90
    Carefully assembled and soberly presented, Robert May’s Kids for Cash takes a lacerating look at America’s juvenile justice system.
  4. Reviewed by: Trey Graham
    Feb 28, 2014
    80
    Robert May, a producer on "The Station Agent" and "The Fog of War," makes his directing debut with a carefully measured, admirably precise account of this sordid business.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    Kids for Cash proves that the abuse was both more nuanced and more tragic than the public understood.
  6. 70
    I’d liked him to have asked the judge specifically about the MySpace girl, whose case led to his comeuppance. But it’s a huge story, and Kids for Cash provides a measure of justice.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Feb 25, 2014
    30
    A heavy-breathing, narrowly focused outrage-generator about a corruption case that both the court of public opinion and the actual court system have already agreed was outrageous.

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