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  • Summary: An unflinching investigation of the role that poverty, mental health, race, and sexuality play within the criminal justice system. (Home Box Office)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    90
    Minimizes music and effects, relying on artful, informative screen titles to explain the action and letting the action explain the rest.
  2. Ultimately, the film is so determinedly evenhanded, it probably won't change anybody's mind. But no matter where you stand, it's likely to leave a lasting impression.
  3. The documentary is revealing and chilling, although it doesn't explore the inner workings of the American criminal-justice system as thoroughly as one might wish.
  4. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    70
    Offers an unusual opportunity to observe the inequities in the death penalty, not just the inherent immorality but also the haphazard administration of it and public misperception of how the whole thing works.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Wrenching documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Miller
    70
    Achieves a torturous, race-against-time desperation.
  7. 60
    Believe it or not, most of the empathy here is with Wand Jean's legal team. Yes, the lawyers.

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