Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders Image

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  • Summary: From the dark side of San Francisco's criminal justice system emerges a riveting documentary revealing a world rarely seen -- through the eyes of the maligned and misunderstood Public Defenders. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. 75
    Covers three years in the Public Defender's office with a fast-paced, tabloid gusto.
  2. The movie's TV-style production values are a little too slick, but the real-life stories are fascinating to watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Josh Goldfein
    As in most court TV (the film is produced by KQED), the action is faster paced than in reality, and the graphics are cheesy. But the lawyers are far more compelling than David E. Kelley's.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    At first a little tabloid in tenor and editorial style, pic soon distances itself from the myriad court TV shows with a fine balance of everyday detail and verite drama.
  5. Shines an admiring light on some lawyers who endure low pay, terrible win-loss records and the occasional scorn of family, friends and the media for "defending the bad guys."
  6. 50
    Makes compelling viewing. But it is viewing of an eerily familiar kind, almost as if the real-life lawyers in the film had patterned themselves on television archetypes.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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