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  • Summary: At once brutal, bizarre and funny, Sheriff is a feature-length documentary movie that employs the pure cinema verite technique of Frederick Wiseman: no interviews, no music, no voice-overs. The result is an unexpected, intimate portrait of a complex man trying to do good in a bad, bad world. (Go Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    80
    The detail captured by Kraus's scrupulously neutral camera adds up to a fascinating, fully realized portrait of the man and the job.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Equal parts colorful character study and real-world procedural, docu by Daniel Kraus retains interest throughout, even if it delivers just partial insight into the man, job and milieu.
  3. 70
    But without taking anything away from Frederick Wiseman, who remains a master, Sheriff is almost as good any documentary he's made.
  4. Sheriff may have a point to make about the impact of family, roots and religion on the changing face of rural America, but the film, while admirably restrained and competently made, is too polite to clarify that.
  5. 60
    There's no downside to a reminder that not every beefy, God-talking sheriff is a bigoted cracker, and Kraus' short, no-frills documentary is a model of fly-on-the-wall filmmaking.
  6. 60
    A stripped-down, small town "COPS" without the flashy editing and hip-hop soundtrack.
  7. Reviewed by: David Blaylock
    50
    There's so little meat to his likable subject that the endeavor proves less "Cops" and more "The Andy Griffith Show."

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