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Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 13, 2012
    80
    A cool documentary that makes the blood boil, it examines how people can be psychologically manipulated into confessing. Not only to crimes they may not have committed but, even worse, to crimes that may never have happened.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 29, 2012
    70
    This smart, cool-headed film, which has a "Rashomon"-like vision of the case, presents a disturbing picture of courtroom justice and how different people come to opposite conclusions, based on the same testimony.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 28, 2012
    75
    A true-crime documentary of invigorating analytical clarity and evenhandedness.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 27, 2012
    60
    This impassioned documentary could have the same real-world impact as Errol Morris's "The Thin Blue Line," and help to free a wrongly convicted man. The filmmaking could be better, but it's hard to argue with that kind of potential.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Mar 27, 2012
    70
    What's remarkable about Scenes of a Crime, besides Hadaegh and Babcock's ability to stay out of the way of their story and resist flashy graphical flourishes, is the degree to which the events it reveals are business as usual.

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