Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever. [26 Aug 1988]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    A mesmerizing reconstruction and investigation of a senseless murder. It employs strikingly original formal devices to pull together diverse interviews.
  4. 100
    More like a waking nightmare than a docudrama. A true story of murder and justice evidently miscarried, wrapped in the fictional haze of a surrealistic whodunit, it will leave you in a trance for days. [2 Sept 1988]
  5. Morris has fashioned a brilliant work of pulp fiction around this crime. [26 Aug 1988, p.C6]
  6. 88
    Morris' visual style in The Thin Blue Line is unlike any conventional documentary approach. Although his interviews are shot straight on, head and shoulders, there is a way his camera has of framing his subjects so that we look at them very carefully, learning as much by what we see as by what we hear.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. KeilS.
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    This is investigative filmmaking at its finest. Errol Morris has crafted nothing less than an American classic. Forgive the hyperbole, but it's honestly justified in this particular case. See this one as soon as possible. Full Review »