The Camden 28

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. Scene for scene, The Camden 28 is a brilliant merger of political outrage and filmmaking chops, and the most suspenseful movie in theaters right now.
  2. 88
    Unexpectedly poignant documentary.
  3. 83
    Though the filmmaking is pedestrian, The Camden 28's timeless truths come through with resounding power.
  4. 80
    Not exactly blazing cinema, but intellectually riveting.
  5. 70
    The video lapses into self-congratulation near the end, as many of the principals reunite for a 2002 retrospective, but for the most part this is a powerful tale of conscience, betrayal, and forgiveness.
  6. 70
    Director Anthony Giacchino realizes what an engaging tale he’s uncovered, and stays back to let the members tell their story.
  7. 70
    Fond, stinging, and finally instructive, the film assembles a comprehensive look back at the actions, arrest, and prosecution of a group of political malcontents (most of them young Catholics and some of them priests) in the summer of 1971.
  8. The Camden 28 is slapdash: more talking heads, reunion footage with the mother reading from her own testimony, newscasts of the day. But the editing supplies some urgency, and the subjects remain radiant yet down-to-earth--too good-humored to be beatific.

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