Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    100
    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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    70
    Director Anthony Giacchino realizes what an engaging tale he’s uncovered, and stays back to let the members tell their story.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    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.
  7. 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.
  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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