Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. 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. Compelling but self-undermining documentary.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    At its best, Garbus' account quietly depicts a set of wasted lives, and a closing image of Allen's plywood casket carted away by a bulldozer is emblematic of the tragedy.
  6. 70
    Achieves a torturous, race-against-time desperation.
  7. 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.
  8. 70
    Wrenching documentary.
  9. 60
    Believe it or not, most of the empathy here is with Wand Jean's legal team. Yes, the lawyers.

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