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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 5 out of 19

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  1. Jan 30, 2012
    9
    This is an engrossing, maddening, intriguing, and extremely well made documentary about a murder case that is easily comparable to the live action David Fincher film Zodiac in the way that it seamlessly moves through countless facts and interviews without losing the viewer. The documentary has a complex story to tell and does so effortlessly. The film is also has a very straightforward manner that works very well in a documentary setting. An incredible documentary, one of 2011's best. Expand
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85

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critics

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 12, 2012
    88
    This is one of the most fascinating of all true crime stories.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jan 12, 2012
    90
    Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's final film about the West Memphis Three demonstrates how the first two docs played a role in galvanizing national support to free the wrongly convicted men.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 12, 2012
    90
    Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary, the "Paradise Lost" project comes to a presumed end with Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.